The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume, clarified that contrary to speculations, he harbors no issues with Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue state. Widespread rumors circulating among their supporters in Benue state insinuated a rift between the Governor and the SGF, alleging a struggle for political supremacy in the state.
Speaking to All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders in Makurdi on Saturday, the SGF, represented by elder statesman Simon Shango, dismissed these rumors. He cautioned against the involvement of what he termed “political meddlers” who fabricate disputes between him and the Governor, affirming, “I am at peace with him, and we are not in conflict. I want the party to understand that I have no disagreement with the Governor.”
The SGF stressed the party’s commitment to safeguarding its mandate and praised the Governor’s leadership since assuming office in May. He acknowledged occasional challenges but commended the Governor’s efforts in resolving them.
Acknowledging the Governor’s background as a Priest and his adjustment to the political landscape, the SGF highlighted the differences between the church and politics, expressing assurance of continuous support to advance the state.
Elder Shango, also representing the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Terlumun Utsev, echoed the call for unity among the people of the state for its betterment.
Governor Alia, addressing the assembly, appreciated the plea for unified action by political leaders, assuring efforts toward fostering unity to elevate the state. He highlighted ongoing developments such as the renovation of the State Assembly complex, street lighting, and road construction in Makurdi.
The Governor also cited achievements like subsidized fertilizer distribution and the restoration of relative peace, urging sustained support for his administration to deliver dividends of democracy.