By Titus Atondu, Makurdi
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Terver Akase has stated that Governor Samuel Ortom’s performance exceeded the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress, APC even while he was still in the party.
He stated this on Saturday while reacting to allegations by the former Special Adviser to the Governor on local government and chieftaincy affairs and governorship aspirant, Mr. Titus Zam, that the Governor was a stranger in the APC and so was not in tune with its manifesto.
According to the Chief Press Secretary, the APC ideology centred on change which only translated to replacing the government in power at that time.
He said Governor Ortom being an astute administrator, went beyond the APC manifesto by executing laudable projects in various sectors of the economy in the state.
Mr. Akase said 43 rural communities have been connected with urban areas through the construction of feeder roads while 20 others have been provided with electricity under the Bureau for Rural Development and Cooperatives.
According to him, construction of classroom blocks is ongoing in 740 primary schools across the state with over 500 already completed, while 44 primary health centres and water schemes established by the Ortom administration are already in use in various communities of the state.
He stated that through the intervention of Governor Ortom, over 150 medical doctors have also graduated from the College of Health Sciences and about 13 road projects were at various stages of completion.
The Chief Press Secretary described as unfortunate, the utterances of those who before now, described Governor Ortom as a star performer only to turn round and had verbal attacks on the Governor now that he is in another political party.
Mr Akase advised former adviser Titus Zam and other APC aspirants to tell Benue people their agenda for the development of the state if given the opportunity to lead instead of making Governor Ortom the focus of their campaign.