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David Mark not happy that I became his governor – Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has again fired at former senate president, David Mark for mocking him over the pictures of some wheelbarrows bearing his name that went viral recently.

He said the items were meant for displaced persons in his state and not the youths as widely reported.

Ortom made the clarification in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The governor singled out Mark, who he accused of spreading falsehood against people who are supposed to be his subject because he is angry over his emergence as his governor.

Mark had in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, during the week carpeted Ortom for empowering youths in the state with wheelbarrows while his counterpart in Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, is embarking on laudable projects.

He said, “Those wheelbarrows were brought to us by NEMA, to be distributed to displaced people who need them.

“They (the displaced persons) actually need those wheelbarrows and they were given to the state emergency relief body for onward distribution to the victims.

“And for whatever reasons, the agency wrote my name that I was distributing them. But as soon as that was drawn to my attention, I refuted it and I said this not my property.

“In empowerment, I have several programmes for the youth and these one are not meant for the youth. They were distributed to displaced people.

“So it was just meant to blackmail me because PDP members in Benue including David Mark are still dreaming that I am governor and I won election. I left them because of the injustice they did to me and I came to APC and found a platform. The people accepted me and I won.

“They are out to blackmail me and it will not work because there is no iota of truth.”

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