Samuel Ortom, the out-going governor of Benue State, claimed that “corruption resides in the (Presidential) Villa.”
Ortom, who made the allegation during an appearance on Arise Television, said that the Nigerian government orchestrated his loss in the senate election.
The Governor who, however, said that he had forgiven and let go, claimed that they wanted him out by all means “because they thought I was on their way.”
The celebration of my defeat which was orchastrated by the (Presidential) Villa showed they wanted me out at all cost. Monies were spent to stop me.
“People talk of corruption but corruption is in the Villa itself. I know how much was spent by the Villa on Benue to ensure that I lose electron.
“Yes I lost. Fine and good, God permitted it and I have accepted it. I have accepted to move on.
“They thought I was on their way but I wasn’t on their way. All I did was to ensure justice and equity for all”.
Gov. Ortom vehemently refuted Buhari’s claimed plan to leave Nigeria after taking office and move to the Niger Republic
Ortom urged the President to abandon the idea and remain in the nation to enjoy the country he had damaged via his poor leadership.
The Governor lamented the fact that Buhari’s once-vibrant economy had become crippled in eight years as a result of incompetence and a lack of vision.
Buhari should not relocate to Niger Republic after leaving office. He should stay here with us.
“He has taken us from top to bottom. So, let him go no where. Let’s all stay here and work for the incoming administration, and by God’s grace move from bottom to top again.”
Ortom who served as Minister for Culture and Tourism under former President Goodluck Jonathan, recalled with regret that when Jonathan was in power, Nigeria was doing well in many sectors but suddenly nosedived under the watch of Buhari.
“I remember when some of us had the privilege of serving under President Goodluck Jonathan, we were talking Nigeria from bottom to top to a certain level, but now we are at the bottom.”
When asked about his connection with his successor, Ortom responded that he would provide guidance if asked.
Regarding his plans for the future after leaving office, the outgoing governor stated he would either resume his farming business or work as a freelance journalist.