Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has berated the achievements of the All Progressive Congress, APC, since it took over the government from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 2015.
According to him, the security architecture of the country, the economy and everything are in bad shape under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
Naija News understands that Ortom made the assertion against the president in his remark shortly after signing the state’s amended grazing bill into law at the government house in Makurdi.
Ortom also in his remark, accused the President of neglecting his state in the scheme of things so much that the citizens have not felt the impact of his administration.
He said: “Mr President, Benue State is not enjoying your government that is why even your party members from APC are all coming to PDP because they are not sure of being part of your government.
“Every day, even yesterday APC members in the House of Assembly have decamped to PDP because the impact is not there. The pains are too much, the economy is in bad shape, the security is in bad shape, everything is in bad shape,” he said.
Governor Ortom went on to note that the 5000 bags of rice showcased in the Abuja pyramid to indicate that the Buhari administration was making headway did not depict reality.
He stressed that the APC government has not achieved anything. Ortom said since he had been barred from seeing the president, the only means to communicate the truth which he had told him in the past and would continue to tell him is through the media.
Reacting, however, to Governor Ortom’s accusation, the state Chairman-elect of APC, Comrade Austin Agada, said the governor’s comment about the present federal government could be best described, “as someone not in tune with the reality of what is on ground.”
He said: “It would be on record that the president created more programmes and projects in Benue than the governor himself did. I challenge a pictorial to this; on his achievement and that of Buhari in Benue.
“As we speak, the president has over 40 projects only in Benue and about three projects he (governor) has done in over six years of his administration.”
In his defence, Agada said the Buhari-led administration had done well in fighting corruption in the country better than anyone else.
He said: “How would you say the president is not fighting corruption when the president’s SGF was axed from office? “
He added that the president has zero tolerance for corruption except that a lot of bottlenecks had not allowed him to move as fast as he would want to because of the democratic system in operation.