Political stakeholders in Benue State have denounced what they see as the unjustified and abhorrent attacks on Senator George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, by native Benue people in an attempt to bring him down.
During a media briefing on Wednesday in Makurdi, the stakeholders insisted that the individuals responsible for the media attacks were following a script and had bad intentions towards the greater Benue population and the nation at large.
The stakeholders’ uproar followed recent media appearances by several state-based organisations who claimed in different briefings that the SGF was determined to undermine Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia’s administration and seize control of Benue state governance.
But bothered by the series of attacks on the SGF by youthful Benue indigenes, the Benue Political Stakeholders made of selected elder statesmen from the state in a text read by Mr. Shimataver Atim-Atedze
cautioned those behind the attacks to desist in their own interest.
The leaders pointed that “as major stakeholders in this state, we feel so insulted that such awkward and untoward onslaught aimed at vilifying and disparaging our very illustrious son, Sen. George Akume who is sufficiently educated, highly politically exposed and internationally connected, who in all his life has been disposed to serving humanity and rendering productive service that has brought notable results across board in Benue state and Nigeria at large would today, be unduly castigated, viciously maligned and unjustifiably blackmailed by very young persons who are yet to understand the dynamics of politics and leadership.
“By what we could decipher from their outings, their primary premeditated target is to pitch the President, Bola Tinubu against our illustrious son, Sen. Akume and say that he is contesting for president.
“We decry their very shameful outings as being highly provocative, disheartening and condemnable. We want to caution these young persons to forthwith desist from coming to misrepresent our son, as well refrain from their determination to drag his hard-earned reputation in the mud and public ridicule.
“We wish to also caution the sponsors of the despicable expedition to redirect their energies and resources to more productive ventures and desist forthwith from fanning the embers of discord and disunity in our state.
“It is our firm resolve that, we, stakeholders in this polity hold Sen. Akume in very high esteem and would no longer tolerate such rascality in our state. We crave a very cordial and peaceful coexistence across the political divide in Benue state.
“The time now is for governance. We stand firmly behind all supporting hands and complimenting spirits aimed at giving our son, Sen. Akume unwavering and unflinching support to carry out his national assignments meritoriously devoid of any orchestrated frustration or distractions in whatever form.
“We wish to also implore all our traditional institutions in the state as well, the government of Benue State, spiritual leaders, and all notable stakeholders across party lines to stand up against this totally unacceptable and unwarranted
the onslaught against our illustrious son, Dr. George Akume.”