OrderPaperToday – House of Representatives members from Benue State belonging to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have raised their voices against calls to declare a state of emergency in the State.
The Benue PDP caucus accordingly berated the Minister of Special Duties, Mr. George Akume, over comments credited to him on declaration of emergency rule in the State.
Led in a press conference by Mr. Mark Gbillah on Wednesday at the National Assembly, the lawmakers expressed concern over the nagging insecurity in the State and therefore urged the former governor Akume to initiate a dialogue process that will restore peace.
They further called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rise up to the occasion and stop the bloodletting in Benue State.
According to Gbillah, “the attention of the Benue State People’s Democratic Party(PDP) Caucus in the House of Representatives, has been drawn to a shocking Press Conference by the Minister for Special Duties, Sen. George Akume, on Monday, 30th August, 2021, in Abuja.
“In the said Press Conference, loaded with expletives and the copious use of demeaning adjectives unbecoming of a person of his status, the former Governor of our State, unequivocally called for an emergency rule in Benue State, citing a perceived inability of His Excellency Governor Samuel Ortom to contain the herdsmen killing in the state.
“We wish to respond to the issues raised in the press conference by Sen. George Akume who has never lent his voice to the clarion call for the cessation of incessant killings in Benue, despite his assumed closeness to the President, rather chose to attack the person of the governor, called for the disbandment of the livestock guards so as to bring further hardship on the displaced people of Benue State with over a million people in IDP camps.
“It is pathetic that the person of Akume who has benefited greatly from the Benue People can call for emergency rule in Benue State and invite soldiers to further rape and maim our people.
“The Governor, as far as members of this caucus are aware, has called ad infinitum, on the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to intervene and arrest the protracted bloodletting in the state, with little or in very many instances, no response from the Federal government.
“We will not dwell on the allegations of a lack of accountability against Gov. Ortom, on a plethora of issues, as raised by Sen. George Akume, but we leave him to the legal dictum that says: He who claims, must prove”.