Contrary to rumours, Senator George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has stated that he has no issues with Benue state Governor Hyacinth Alia.
Remember that there have been persistent allegations among Benue state supporters of the Governor and the SGF about a falling out over who will rule the state politically.
Speaking to All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders on Saturday in Makurdi, the SGF issued a warning over the false reports that he and the Governor are at odds.
Sen. Akume warned those he labelled as “political jobbers who bring issues between me and the Governor to stay away because I am at peace with him and we are not quarrelling,” through the presence of elder statesman Simon Shango. I thus want the party to be aware that there is no miscommunication between myself and the governor.
Additionally, the SGF issued a warning, saying that the party was committed to making sure that no one stole its mandate.
He commended the Governor for his stewardship since assuming office in May saying, “though there might be problems here and there but he is solving them one after the other.”
The SGF pointed out that he understood the background of the Governor as a Priest and the political terrain he had found himself saying “in the church all you need to say is an amen but that is not the same in politics where we have disagreements and sometimes quarrel to agree.
“But I can assure you that we will continue to support you to move the state forward.”
Elder Shango who also represented the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Terlumun Utsev, said the Minister urged the people of the state to unite for the good of the state.
Addressing the gathering, Governor Alia commended the call for unity of purpose in the state by political leaders assuring that all would be done to ensure unity in the state in order to enable his government “restore the glory of the state.”
The governor claimed that a great deal of work has been completed in the state since taking office, including the State Assembly complex’s refurbishment, continuous work on 16 Makurdi township roads, and street lighting in the state capital.
The governor also listed some of the accomplishments of his administration’s last five months, including the timely delivery of fertiliser subsidies and the restoration of some degree of peace to the state. He also asked for continued support so that his administration could continue to provide the benefits of democracy to the populace.