Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has clarified reports currently making the rounds accusing the Governor of referring to the entire people of his State as drunkards.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur said the Governor was only referring to a few members of the State who are known for attacking him and his administration despite efforts by his government to ensure that the state was not lagging behind in development.
The statement reads in part, “We wish to state categorically that the news, especially the caption is a completely mischievous misrepresentation and an attempt to ridicule the person of the governor,” the statement reads.
“The Governor was clear that most Benue people know and do appreciate the great developmental strides he is doing for them.
“He regretted that some of those who insult, blackmail, or castigate him unnecessarily, specifically are a few and from the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC who sit in beer parlours for long hours and have conditioned their minds to malign him no matter how much he has done.
“He was clear how these APC supporters do that without cogent or issue-based criticisms but simply out of mischief. He was also clear that critics of his administration should offer constructive criticisms as he does to the federal government”.