- A governorship aspirant in Benue state says Governor Samuel Ortom has failed the people of the state
- The aspirant, who is a member of the PDP, says the governor does not deserve another tenure
- According to him, there are no health facilities to cater for the health needs of rural dwellers, which leads to high rates of maternal and child mortality
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Benue state, Dr Stephen Hwande, has said that the incumbent governor, Samuel Ortom, has not justified the confidence reposed on him by the electorate in 2015.
NAN reports that Hwande told newsmen on Monday, July 30, in Makurdi that the governor had not performed. The aspirant said: "He is a failure and does not deserve another tenure."
NAIJ.com gathers that he said that Ortom, who defected from the APC to the PDP last week, had taken the state backward and impoverished its residents.
Hwande continued: “Ortom has nothing to show for the massive debts he will be leaving behind in 2019."
The aspirant said he was in the race to “redeem the image of my immediate community, Nongov, where Ortom hails from”.
He said that the rural communities were worse hit by Ortom’s non-performance, regretting that it was still impossible to connect one rural community with another because of lack of access roads.
Hwande added: “There are no health facilities to cater for the health needs of our rural dwellers, which leads to high rates of maternal and child mortality. Children still attend classes in thatched huts, while water supply is generally zero. We cannot continue like this."
Efforts to contact the chief secretary to Ortom, Terver Akase, proved abortive, while other senior government officials refused to respond to the allegations.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state officially announced his resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor made the announcement at the Government House, Makurdi, hours after some Benue youths blocked his convoy, preventing him from visiting APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, in Abuja.
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