A new development arose on Friday regarding the statement made by Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, the Governor of Benue State, about the previous governor of the state, Samuel Ortom, allegedly looting the Government House and taking away all official vehicles.
On Friday, Terver Akase, Ortom’s Special Adviser, stated that neither his principal, the deputy governor, nor any of their appointees committed any wrongdoing by taking their official vehicles with them. He claimed that it was customary for high-ranking government officials to leave with their vehicles.
In a statement released on Thursday, Tersoo Kula, Alia’s Chief Press Secretary, asserted that the former governor had plundered the government house, leaving no vehicles behind for Alia.
The statement partly read, “The PDP looted Government House to a point that the new government under governor Hyacinth Alia, met no single car or truck in government house. The governor’s visits to agencies and parastatals have uncovered the highest level of rot ever witnessed in the history of Benue State”.
According to Akase, an aide to Ortom, the state executive council under his leadership authorized the appointees to take their official vehicles with them.
In a statement on Friday, Akase stated, “On the issue of vehicles, the present administration may wish to be informed that it was the decision of the Benue State Executive Council that government officials including the governor and his deputy be given waivers to enable them to go with the official vehicles allocated to them.
“Governor Ortom, therefore, did nothing unlawful by leaving office with the official vehicles allocated to him. It is a tradition that an outgoing governor leaves with vehicles given to him. Perhaps, we should add that the Ortom administration offered to buy vehicles for the incoming government but the present governor declined, saying that he would prefer to buy vehicles for his administration after the inauguration.”