Senator George Akume, and Governor Samuel Ortom falls out with each other

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The senator representing Benue North-West Senatorial District, George Akume, and Governor Samuel Ortom exchanged bitter words on Monday.

Akume had at the All Progressives Congress expanded caucus meeting held on Sunday in Makurdi described Ortom as a non-performer, alleging that the governor was parading a fake doctoral degree.

Akume, who accused the governor of running the Social Investment Programme like his family entity, argued that he needed to be voted out of power next year.

But reacting on behalf of the governor, Ortom’s Media and ICT Adviser, Tahav Agerzua, described Akume as a drunk who could not be taken seriously.

Agerzua, who said PhD was not a prerequisite for being a governor, described Akume’s allegation as a diversionary tactic.

The governor’s aide, who wondered when Akume became an assessment authority, challenged the senator to give an account of his stewardship in the red chamber.

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