The Special Adviser to Benue state Governor on Media and Publicity, Terver Akase, Wednesday, accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of colluding with herders to distabilise the state.
Akase was reacting to a press conference held by the APC, Tuesday in Makurdi, in which the party alleged that Governor Ortom has been working with Livestock Guards to rustle Fulani cows in order to cause chaos in the state.
Addressing journalist at the Government House, Makurdi, Akase said by comments of the APC at the conference, it was obvious that they have no interest of the Benue people at heart.
According to him, the APC in the state has proven that it has no value for human lives, and as long as they get power, Benue can go up in flames.
“A political party that turns to accuse the people of the state it hopes to govern lacks humanity and the conscience to lead.
“APC has never condemned the genocide Fulani herders have visited on Benue State in nearly a decade. Leaders of the party are often quick to jump to the defence of the killer herders whenever people are attacked in parts of the state, with the armed herders operating like a militia wing of the party.
“The opposition party has never shown empathy towards victims of the humanitarian crisis in the state.
“There is no evidence that they have taken relief materials to any of the IDPs’ camps even once in the last five years. The only time a delegation of the party visited the camp located in Daudu was before the 2019 elections with the sole purpose of campaigning for votes.
He further noted that the timing of the APC press conference coming barely 24 hours after the Appeal Court judgment which nullified what he described as “Their phony governorship primary election,” was calculated to divert attention from the devastating situation that the party does not have a gubernatorial candidate at the moment.
“But we expected the APC to direct their frustration to the appropriate quarters, not on Governor Ortom.
“The Governor did not advise them to conduct what their appeal panel described as yahoo yahoo primary election and he was neither a member of the panel of justices that nullified the fraud called nomination.
“Though we cannot stop the APC in Benue from further conspiracy with enemies of the state, we must reiterate that their plans will always fail,” Akase stated.