The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator
George Akume, on Saturday, said the ruling All Progressives Congress in Benue
State would not allow anyone to run away with the party’s mandate again.
Akume stated this at the party’s stakeholders meeting held
at Government House, Makurdi.
The SGF, who was represented by one of the elders of the
party, Simon Shango, said the party was determined to ensure peace and unity in
The PUNCH reports that the immediate past governor of the
state, Samuel Ortom, who won the governorship on the platform of the APC in
2015 later defected to the Peoples
Democratic Party in 2018.
Akume, who dismissed insinuations of division between him
and the governor, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, said he remained faithful as a servant
and ambassador of the state at the federal level.
Shango said, “The SGF said he is your (governor’s) eyes in
Abuja. He appreciates the work you have done so far. In a situation like this
there must be problems, but they are being solved.
“The party is
determined to ensure unity of purpose among the members, and he (Akume)
emphasised that no one will go away with our mandate anymore, and we will do
our best to ensure that the marriage continues.”
He added, “There is no issue with the governor and they have
been relating well.”
While calling on party members to come together, the former
governor of the state warned political jobbers to refrain from creating enmity
among party members.
Also in his speech, Alia who appreciated the party for
reposing confidence in him, promised that he would struggle hard to restore all
the glories of the state.
He appreciated all speakers at the meeting and assured them
that the party would remain united, saying, “on the unity of purpose. we must
stand, we can not stand in the difference.”