David Mark is jealous of my rising profile- Gov. Ortom

Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom on Thursday told newsmen that former Senate President, David Mark is jealous of his rising profile in the country hence the attempt to pull him down.

The Governor spoke in Abuja while responding to a comment attributed to the Senator from Benue state while visiting Governor Nyesom Wike to the effect that while Wike was building infrastructure, Ortom was busy distributing wheelbarrow to youths.

The Governor spoke to newsmen in Abuja.

‎”That is an outright falsehood. There is no iota of truth. It is meant to scandalise, blackmail and to reduce my rising profile in Benue because of achievements we have recorded during these two years,” Ortom said in response to the accusation.

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“When you hear someone like David Mark, who is supposed to be an elder statesman, go to make false propaganda against people who are supposed to be his subjects, I used to regard him as an elder, but it’s unfortunate he is telling lies.

“Those wheelbarrows were brought to us by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to be distributed to displaced people who need them.

“So, it was just meant to blackmail me because PDP in Benue are still dreaming, including David Mark, that I am governor and I won the election.

“I left them (PDP) because of the injustice they did to me and I came to APC and found a platform. The people accepted me and I won. They are out to blackmail me and it will not work because there is no iota of truth.

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“On May 22, I invited all Benue stakeholders, David Mark was invited, and I was given standing ovation. That alone is an indication that Benue people are pleased with me in all sectors despite all the challenges, especially in funding.

“I have cleared arrears of salaries. These people are just jealous, David Mark is jealous and all his cohorts are jealous. They left Benue state and went to Rivers and met and came and disturb us in Benue state. Let them come to Benue state.”