The Presidency yesterday urged Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom to stop basing his campaign for re-election on falsehoods concerning President Muhammadu Buhari and focus on critical issues confronting the state.
Specifically, the presidency in a statement noted that Ortom’s campaign is clearly designed to stir division and hatred, and to divert people’s attention from his inability to pay workers salaries and pensions for several months.
It has been noted that the governor has been visiting Churches where he tells congregations about President Buhari’s alleged plans to Islamise the state.
“This has formed the basis of his campaign, because he has nothing to offer Benue people.
“Ortom’s allegations were particularly unfair, when one considers how much support the governor received from the Federal Government, on his grazing law, as a means to end the farmer-herder crises that have plagued the state,” it stated.
The statement issued by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, added: “If not for President Buhari’s insistence that the governor be given a chance to effect the law, he would have faced resistance from different sources and found it difficult to implement.”
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris to, as a matter of urgency, investigate recent attacks on its members by thugs during a political rally.
Some members and supporters of the APC in the state were attacked at the weekend, while awaiting the arrival of its gubernatorial candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun at Odogbolu Local Government Area of the state during a campaign tour.
The party’s Publicity Secretary, Tunde Oladunjoye, said the unknown gunmen opened fire on supporters at the venue of rally, injuring three people, including a police officer.
“Armed political thugs, suspected to be members of the opposition parties also attacked the campaign team of the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Rotimi Paseda the previous day,” it stated.
The state Police Command’s Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the attack, disclosed that some people in a bus shot indiscriminately along the road consequent upon which a policeman was injured.