I write to correct an erroneous impression which a report published in The Guardian of Saturday, 27th June, 2015 may have created.
The report with the headline ‘Senator Akume calling the shots for Ortom in Benue’ written by Joseph Wantu, appeared on page 51 of the paper.
The report tried to separate political appointees into camps of Governor Samuel Ortom and leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State, as well as Senator representing Benue North West, Senator Dr George Akume.
The reporter exhibited gross ignorance about political developments in the Ortom era.
If he had enquired he would have been informed that there was a process through which the commissioner nominees emerged.
APC caucuses met at the local government and zonal levels and compiled lists which were forwarded to the Governor who met with the leadership of the party in the state and made the final selection.
As an experienced politician who has served at the local, state and national levels Governor Ortom relates well with all the party leaders in the state and reports to the expanded caucus of the party for briefing and inputs on a regular basis.
It is therefore, untenable to reduce the nomination of commissioners to an issue between the Governor and Senator Akume.
The APC in Benue State is one united family which takes collective decisions.
All the leaders of the party at the various levels made inputs in the nomination process.
But as leader of the APC in the state every member naturally belongs to Senator Akume and is under his leadership.
Those who are familiar with the political history of the state also know that as a former governor of the state and one of its political leaders since 1999 most current players on today’s political scene have had links with the former Senate Minority Leader.
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