Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State maintained that the type of godfatherism allegedly practised in Lagos state would not work in Benue.
The governor was reacting to a statement credited to Senator George Akume, in which he reportedly described Ortom’s performance in office as abysmal.
Akume had in an interview with newsmen alleged that Benue had realised over N500bn under Ortom, but there was nothing to show for it.
Reacting, Ortom disclosed that Akume was attacking him because he had refused to be controlled by the lawmaker.
Ortom, who spoke through his media aide Tahav Agerzua, accused Akume of diverting N2bn from the state coffers while serving as governor to prosecute his Senate ambition in 2007.
He said: “Akume’s criticism of Governor Samuel Ortom has nothing to do with performance but everything to do with Ortom’s refusal to be subservient and be subjugated to his (Akume’s) whims.
“It has become a trend for Nigerian godfathers to suffocate their godchildren for failing to be totally slavish to them.
“This is unfortunate of godfathers who see themselves as gods as it happened in Lagos State.
“Unfortunately for Akume, he failed to achieve the same selfish dreams for Ortom in like manner.”