28th November, 2021
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has clarified the report on social and traditional media accusing him of referring to the entire people of his State as drunkards.
The governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, said he was referring to some members of the All Progressives Congress, who criticise his government, all the time.
Ortom described the report that he labelled the entire people of Benue as drunkards as “completely mischievous misrepresentation”.
The statement read: “We wish to state categorically that the news, especially the caption is a completely mischievous misrepresentation and an attempt to ridicule the person of the governor.
“The Governor was clear that most Benue people know and do appreciate the great developmental strides he is doing for them.
“He regretted that some of those who insult, blackmail, or castigate him unnecessarily, specifically are a few and from the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC who sit in beer parlours for long hours and have conditioned their minds to malign him no matter how much he has done.
“He was clear how these APC supporters do that without cogent or issue-based criticisms but simply out of mischief.
“He was also clear that critics of his administration should offer constructive criticisms as he does to the federal government”.
Earlier reports quoted Ortom as saying during a function in the state that indigenes of Benue drink from 9 a.m. till they go to bed.
“If you go round Makurdi town, our people start drinking beer from 9 a.m. and some from there, they will go to sleep, and they come back and insult the governor for not helping them to add value to their lives”, Ortom was quoted as saying.