Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom and the previous Senate President, David Mark, have engaged one another in a disagreement over the wheelbarrows branded in Ortom’s title.
While the Ortom administration stated the wheelbarrows had been donated by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons for victims of armed herdsmen assaults within the state, a native government councilorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress within the state, Dan Atayi, had stated the wheelbarrows, branded with Ortom’s title, had been Photoshopped and never actual.
However, on Tuesday, on the commissioning of a Brick House and Chapel on the Rivers State Government House, Senator Mark had praised Governor Nyesom Wike for sponsoring the venture.
He then went forward to evaluate it with the form of venture that is happening his personal state (Benue).
Mark was quoted to have stated, “While folks are commissioning roads, commissioning bridges, commissioning good initiatives, in my very own state, Benue, we are giving out wheelbarrows to empower folks. So, you can evaluate and distinction.
“This is just not my first go to to fee initiatives in Rivers State. I used to be right here lower than a 12 months in the past to fee one of many roads. I observed large enchancment within the supply of democracy dividends.
“When the next election comes, you don’t need to bother with all manner of propaganda; these works would campaign for you.”
Responding to Mark’s remark, Ortom stated the ex-Senate President was intimidated by his (Ortom’s) achievements after failing to ship to the nation whereas serving as the Senate President for eight years.
Speaking by means of his Chief Press Secretary, Tever Akase, Ortom stated, “We listened to the feedback made by the senator representing Benue South Senatorial District, David Mark, at a perform in Port Harcourt the place he in contrast improvement ranges in Rivers and Benue states.
“Mark accused Governor Samuel Ortom of giving out wheelbarrows to empower folks when, in accordance to him, different states are commissioning initiatives.
“We don’t intend to belabour the problem of wheelbarrows, for which now we have already made clarification that the carts had been donated by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons for victims of armed herdsmen assaults within the state.
“Perhaps solely Senator David Mark is just not conscious of this truth.
“Agatu, which is a native government space below David Mark’s senatorial district and affected by herdsmen assaults, is at present peaceable owing to the security initiatives of Governor Ortom.
“The folks of the realm haven’t hidden their pleasure and have been appreciating the governor for guaranteeing the return of peace.
“We are not aware of any effort Mark has made to curb the crisis as a serving senator representing the people of that part of the state.”
Continuing, Akase stated, “Senator Mark definitely owes the folks of Benue South an evidence on why the Otukpo-Enugu federal freeway remains to be a demise lure after a few years that the contract had been awarded by the government.
“Mark used the street venture and his perennial promise for the creation of Apa State as marketing campaign lullabies, simply to guarantee his return to the pink chamber of the Senate on 5 events.
“It is fairly unlucky that Mark has failed to see the deliberate underdevelopment of the state by the government of his political occasion, Peoples Democratic Party, notably the a part of the state which he has represented as senator for practically 20 years.
“It is within the same period that Mark rose to become President of the Senate, the number three man in the country for eight uninterrupted years and had ample opportunity to address the development needs of the people.”