A group of politicians who were defeated in the last general elections have mapped out strategies to cause a rift between Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, and President Muhammadu Buhari.
Reliable sources have revealed that the group met and after extensive deliberations recruited the services of retired Police Commissioner, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav.
Addressing journalists at Government House today, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, disclosed that the politicians recruited Alhaji Tsav on account of his media visibility in the belief that he could use his media and other contacts in the pursuit of their agenda.
Part of the strategy, the adviser stated, included to constantly applaud President Buhari’s administration at the federal level and ceaselessly castigate that of Governor Ortom at the state level on several media platforms.
He said the group hoped that the smear campaign would cause the President to distance himself from the Governor.
Mr. Agerzua stated that members of the group expressed concern over the Governor’s close relationship with the President and were worried that if the development persisted they might lose out at both levels.
He said the politicians have observed that the President invited the Governor to accompany him on trips outside the country during which they had time to engage extensively on several matters of state and that the relationship had become closer by the day as both parties continue to meet regularly at the Villa.
The spokesman said the group reviewed the former police commissioner’s outings in the media, especially on pages of newspapers, where he had constantly praised President Buhari’s activities and castigated that of Governor Ortom and expressed satisfaction and hope that with renewed vigour their objectives might be achieved.
According to him, their next line of action, according to the plan, was to cast the Governor in the mould of someone on a borrowing spree who had taken numerous loans and spent recklessly.
Mr. Agerzua explained that so far only N10 billion had been accessed and used for the payment of two months salaries, take off of government and expenditure on critical arrears that needed urgent attention.
He explained that monthly and other allocations to the state were either swallowed by overdrafts and bank facilities obtained by the previous administration or not enough for payment of full salaries with overheads hence the loan became imperative.
The adviser urged the President and members of the public to disregard the smear campaign as there was no truth in the fabrications of the group which he said was yet to recover from the trauma of last election’s defeat.
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