2019: What Buhari did to Benue people – Gov Ortom

The Governor of Benue State State, Samuel Ortom has said that President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, have failed to register presence of the federal government in the state.

Ortom said this was reason ‘the majority’ of Benue residents were opposed to the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.
While explaining that the people of the state have “nothing against Fulani people” as it is being insinuated, he adduced reasons for the Benue people’s alleged discontent with the President.
Ortom made this known in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Makurdi, the state capital.
The statement was signed by his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua.
“We have lived with the Fulani people for ages; we have nothing against them. Even the Fulani people know that we have nothing against them,” Ortom said; recalling that Benue people voted overwhelmingly for former presidents Shehu Shagari and Umaru Yar’Adua in 1979, 1983 and 2007 respectively.
“We also voted for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, but while Shagari and Yar’Adua reciprocated the support they received by patronising Benue people through federal appointments and projects, President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC have failed to register any positive federal presence in the state,” Ortom said.
“But from my findings, majority of Benue residents are opposed to the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC, because they have failed to register any positive federal presence in the state.
“Many people also feel that the APC-led Federal Government has failed to secure lives and property,’’ he added.