Date: December 7, 2023 3:27 am
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume, has stated that there is no rift between him and Benue State Governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia.
Speaking at the stakeholders meeting held at the government house in Makurdi, the former governor also said that no one who won the election on the platform of the APC in the state will be allowed to run away with the party’s mandate.
This is apparently a reference to the manner in which the immediate past governor, Samuel Ortom, won the election on the platform of the APC in 2015 but later moved to the Peoples Democratic Party in 2018.
The SGF was represented by one of the elders of the party in the state, Simon Shango.
Senator Akume said that the party was determined to ensure peace and unity in the state.
Speaking on the purported rift between him and the governor, Senator Akume said that he remains a faithful servant and ambassador of the state at the federal level.
According to him, “The SGF said he is your (governor) eyes in Abuja. He appreciates the work you have done so far. In a situation like this, there must be problems, but they are being solved.
“The party is determined to ensure unity of purpose among the members, and he (Akume) emphasised that no one will go away with our mandate anymore, and we will do our best to ensure that the marriage continues.
He added that “there is no issue with the Governor, and they have been relating well”.
Speaking at the meeting, Governor Alia appreciated the party for expressing confidence in him and promised that he would struggle hard to restore all the glories of the state.
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