The Presidency has called on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to desist from basing his campaign for re-election on falsehoods concerning President Muhammadu Buhari and instead focus on the dire issues confronting the State.
The Presidency in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mr Garba Shehu said Ortom’s campaign was completely designed to stir division, hatred and to divert the people’s attention from his inability to pay staff salaries and pensions for several months.
The Presidency alleged that the governor had been visiting churches, allegedly telling the congregations about Buhari’s plans to Islamise Benue State.
“This nonsense has formed the basis of his campaign, because he has nothing to offer Benue people,” Garba said on Sunday.
The spokesman described the move by the governor as unfair, considering how much support he received from the Federal Government which supported his grazing laws as a means to end the farmer-header crisis that have plagued the state.
He added “If not for President Buhari’s insistence that the governor be given a chance to effect the law, he would have faced resistance from different sources and found it difficult to implement.
“While advising Ortom to immediately stop his dubious attacks on President Buhari, the Federal Government calls on the people of Benue State to not fall for Ortom’s deception and allow themselves to be hoodwinked by such a negative campaign.
“They should instead, ask him why he has refused to pay staff salaries and pensions for months, and what he did with the funding from the excess crude account which should ideally have gone towards addressing such payments.”