The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Wednesday, September 1 accused the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, of being a traitor.
He also threatened to sue the minister for defamation of character and libel.
Ortom issued the threat while addressing journalists at Government House, Makurdi.
He was responding to allegations of malfeasance levelled against him by the minister at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.
The governor described Akume’s allegations as “unfortunate and amounts to a betrayal, back-stabbing, double-crossing, selling out of Benue people, treachery, greed, unfaithfulness and falsehood.”
The governor dismissed the minister’s allegations as lies.
Ortom said: “The Minister for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume levelled several allegations of killings and several others against me. I do not want to join issues with him. But I have the mandatory right to put the records straight.
It will be recalled that Ortom some months ago nearly escaped assassination when he was attacked in his farm by some alleged Fulani herdsmen. He physically had to run for his dear life. He has been in the news recently when he granted an explosive interview to Channels TV criticizing the government on the insecurity issue in the country especially in the north.