The rift between the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has appeared to widen as the Presidency on Wednesday took a swipe at the governor.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the people of Benue have “rejected” him over the myriad challenges bedevilling the state.
The Presidency was reacting to recent publications in national dailies that allegedly attempted to lay the blame of the dire security situation in the state “entirely at the feet of the outgoing president”.
Shehu argued that despite Buhari’s efforts, the new Governor-elect, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, has his work cut out, recalling the words of the latter who described Benue as being in the Intensive Care Unit.