Senator George Akume, a former Governor of Benue State on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has ‘brazenly’ expressed his disappointment in ensuring that immediate past Governor Gabriel Suswam ruled the state.
Akume, who was the minority leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 7th National Assembly, even claimed that he personally coerced and insisted that Suswam be made governor, even as it was against the many wishes of the Benue people.
A claim that Suswam, in a swift rebuttal, described as blatantly untrue and highly malicious, saying he was duly voted by the majority of the Benue electorates.
However, speaking on Friday during the distribution of tricycles to the people of the Benue North-west Senatorial District, Senator Akume said:
“I was among the people that formed the PDP in 1999 and as governor, I personally insisted that Suswam was made governor of Benue. Of course I didn’t know he would become highly criminal and swindle the entire state funds. The whole state is broke and this was caused by Suswam’s siphoning.”
He added that the rich, agricultural state was broke and left with an empty treasury, because of the alleged corrupt practices of the immediate past administration of Suswam.
It would be recalled, the ex-governor, who ruled between 1999 and 2007, had been accused of nursing political vendetta against Suswam, which, it is said to have resulted to the sponsoring of Professor Steven Ugbah of the defunct ACN to unseat Suswam in the 2011 gubernatorial election.