Presidency: Governor Ortom, a failed politician, always good at blaming others

• Said Buhari as leader repatriated billions of dollars stolen overseas

• Emphasizes that PDP cannot save Nigeria

Deji Elumoye

Last night the Presidency described Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue as a failed politician who blames his failure to act.

He however praised President Muhammadu Buhari for being a leader who, in more than six years, has managed to repatriate billions of dollars stolen by previous administrations abroad.

In a statement, “The Incongruity of Governor Samuel Ortom on ARISE TV,” signed by Presidential Media Assistant Garba Shehu, the presidency said Ortom liked to blame Buhari for not bringing democracy dividends to the people. of Benue.

The presidency said in comparison that Buhari, as a leader, rather than blaming past administrations, took action to recover stolen funds stashed abroad and streamline multiple government accounts into a single treasury account. (ASD).

“There are two types of politicians in Nigeria today. The former are politicians who are leaders who offer solutions to challenges facing voters and the country. They propose policies and implement them to improve the lives of others,” the statement explains. “The second, politicians who offer excuses for the challenges voters face. They shy away from ideas and instead blame others for problems they haven’t solved or that they themselves have created.

The presidency concluded that the Governor of Benue belonged to the second group of politicians.

Explaining why, he noted that Ortom “inherited unpaid wages and pension arrears – and rather than finding a way” to raise funds to pay them, he blamed Buhari.

“This is a president who has not failed to pay the salaries of those who work for the federal government and has declared that the failure of states to do so ‘is a national disaster,'” the presidency stressed. To avoid this, he had, on several occasions, lent money to states for more than 1.682 billion naira, and Benue, Mr. Ortom’s state did not fail on all occasions: wage bailouts, crude surplus loan and budget support loan, each repayable over 20 years.

He accused Ortom, “who has collected on all occasions”, of currently holding “the longest record in the country for unpaid salaries and pensions, has no reason, absolutely no reason, to blame President Buhari for the mess he has put his state and its workers into.”

The Presidency also felt that “being the first comer claiming that his predecessors had created the arrears”, it was “Ortom’s business to prove he was better by paying”.

“Instead of doing this,” the statement noted, Ortom “joined them (politicians who speak ill of the president)!” The presidency pointed out that “as he (Ortom) accumulates even more salary and pension debts on top of those bequeathed to him, instead of respecting the voters who elected him, he attacks them publicly with unprintable words and raised his own thug militia to harass and rape them.

Furthermore, the statement mentioned that the Governor of Benue “now affirms that voters wish to be ‘rescued by the PDP’ and ‘regret having voted for Buhari.’ Voters, of course, will not be asked to vote at new for the president because – as a leader – President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC respect term limits and the constitution, and will step down next year at the end of his democratically elected second term. .

According to the Presidency, it “seems unlikely, however, that any voter would seriously consider the possibility of being ‘saved’ by a party which today would allow a politician such as Governor Ortom into its ranks”, adding that ” what is certain, however, is that Nigeria is tired of failed politicians who blame others as a diversion for their failure to improve the lives of citizens.

Further pitting the president against Ortom, the statement recalls how Buhari “inherited a treasury” that successive previous administrations had emptied and Buhari “sought and succeeded in repatriating billions of dollars in stolen funds overseas.”

He revealed that Buhari’s administration had uncovered more than 500,000 bank accounts run by ministries, agencies and departments, saying that funds belonging to the Nigerian government were hidden in the accounts.

Continuing, the presidency revealed that the same government agencies approached banks to borrow money held by sister agencies at exorbitant interest rates.

“Additionally, some of the signatories had left the service or were ‘unknown’ and therefore no one had access to the funds,” he said, adding that MDAs “are now forced to use the Treasury Single Account. , TSA, domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“The President has laid out the first and only plan to resolve farmer-pastoralist clashes in 100 years, helping states rediscover grazing reservations and create ranching lands that have successfully reduced tensions while strengthening harmony and saving lives”, added the presidency.

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