Credible intelligence has come to the attention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State revealing that Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, George Akume, has perfected a series of plots to undermine and distsbilise the administration of Governor Samuel Ortom.
As part of the plot, the Minister and his acolytes are scheduled to hold a press conference this morning by 10am at the Nigerian Airforce Base Conference Hall in Abuja, at which they are to set the ball rolling on a strategy which entail that daily media attacks against the Ortom administration will be carried out henceforth.
Minister Akume is known to have held a meeting last night at his Maitama, Abuja residence at which over 80 persons were in attendance and made to sign a register, including remnants of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the state, with the agenda of the meeting being the perfection of the destabilization plot.
The latest strategy of the Minister is not unconnected with the insistence of Governor Ortom that ranching be upheld as the preferred model for animal husbandry in the state as opposed to the choice by President Muhammadu Buhari of grazing routes, ruga and catttle colonies.
Unsettled by the stand of the Benue State Governor, and the snowballing support he is receiving all across Nigeria, the Presidency is said to have put pressure on Akume whom they have accused of inability to contain the damaging effects of the governor’s rising profile from his Anti-Open Grazing crusade.
Minister Akume fearing the loss of his Ministerial appointment has resolved to do all in his power to thrown spanners in the works of the Anti-Open Grazing crusade of Governor Ortom which is gaining daily momentum across the country and beyond.
Benue PDP and Governor Samuel Ortom are with the people of Benue State and no amount of plots and blackmail from whichever quarters will derail or undermine the popular will of the people to stand in defence of their land as guaranteed by the provisions of the Prohibition of Open Grazing and Ranches Establishment Law.
State Publicity Secretary,
PDP, Benue State.