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‘Show Evidence’ – Ortom Dares Gov Alia Over Benue Ownership Of Aircraft

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The immediate past Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has challenged his successor, Governor Hyacinth Alia, to prove that the state owns an aircraft.

Naija News reports that Ortom dared Alia in a statement on Monday in Makurdi by his Media Aide, Terver Akase.

According to Ortom, Alia had claimed during a recent Zoom meeting with the Benue diaspora community that the state owns an aircraft but does not know its whereabouts.

However, the former Governor refuted claims of receiving an aircraft in 2015 when he took over or acquired any in his two terms as Governor of the state.

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He further urged Governor Alia to show evidence of the state owing aircraft to enable the people of the state to know the truth.

Ortom said, “We read a statement today by the Chief Press Secretary to the Benue State Governor, Hyacinth Alia who alleged among other things that “…he understands the state has an airplane but its whereabouts is still been(sic) looked into”.

“Governor Alia was quoted by his media aide to have made the allegation during a zoom meeting with the Benue diaspora community organized by the Mutual Union of Tiv in America MUTA and the Idoma Association in the United States.

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“We want to state categorically that if the Benue State Government purchased an aircraft before Chief Samuel Ortom became Governor in 2015, such a transaction was not part of the handover notes that he received from his predecessor, and no aircraft was handed to the State Government under Ortom.

“Similarly, throughout his two tenures (2015 – 2023), the Ortom administration did not buy an airplane. When he was leaving office, the handover notes he presented to his successor, Governor Alia also had no indication that the state purchased/owned an aircraft.

“An allegation of this nature is too weighty to be swept under the carpet, and only its proof will enable Benue people to know the truth.

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“We therefore challenge Governor Alia to show evidence that the Benue State Government owned an aircraft before he became Governor. He should do this with proof of the date and amount paid for the plane, model/manufacturer of the aircraft, as well as the particular administration that purchased it.

“On the Governor’s frequent statements that all his predecessors performed badly and Makurdi, the state capital, was a glorified village before he was elected, we will not bother to comment on that. If a Governor who is supposed to be the chief image-maker of his state decides to brand it as backward and poorly developed, so be it.”

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