- George Akume has once again attacked Governor Samuel Ortom
- Akume said the governor's PhD certificate is not credible
- He added that Ortom was absent when he was developing PDP in Benue state
Senator representing Benue Northwest senatorial district, George Akume, has accused Governor Samuel Ortom of brandishing a fake PhD certificate and running the Social Investment Programme like a family business.
Akume made the statement at the All Progressives Congress expanded caucus meeting held at Castle Event Centre, Makurdi on Sunday, September 9, The Punch reports.
He said: “Ortom said he has PhD from the Commonwealth University of Berlin, but there is nothing like Commonwealth University. At least, I’m a graduate of the University of Ibadan, where I bagged my first and second degrees. I am also a fellow of the Institute of Management and I have honourary PhD from the University of Jos.
“He said I was a protocol officer while he was a local government chairman and that I served him, I never saw Ortom in the government house that period.
“He is saying I never won an election, but I won an election in 1999, he (Ortom) was in SDP; also in 2003 when I moved to ACN, I also won elections but the last election, Ortom lost in his local government. When I was building PDP, where was Ortom?"
In a response on behalf of his principal, the special adviser on media and ICT to the governor, Tahav Agerzua, accused Akume of being a lousy drunk.
Agerzua said: “Akume is not an accreditation authority and he cannot speak on that. In any case, that has no basis because PhD is not a prerequisite for governorship; so, it is a diversionary tactic. Let him give an account of his stewardship; he should stop assessing others, he is not an assessment authority.
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“Moreover, everybody knows that he is a drunk; what he said stems out of his drunkenness; he is not someone to be taken seriously.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Governor Samuel Ortom accused the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Senator George Akume, and the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, of corrupt practices.
Ortom, who levelled the allegations in an interview published in Premium Times on Friday, August 31, also reacted to a statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari.
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