…Berates Gov. Ortom on Benue killings
By Ezeocha Nzeh
While several serving ministers have became a nightmare to their State Governors in the run to contest for the governorship seats in the 2019 elections, the minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung has emphasized that he has no plans to challenge the incumbent Governor, Simeon Lalong, in the governorship election in Plateau State.
Dalung, who spoke to journalists yesterday in Abuja dispelled reports linking him to challenging Governor Lalong to the seat.
Dalung said: “I have not made up my mind to contest any election in 2019 not even Councillor let alone governorship. I don’t know where the speculations of my contesting for the Governor of Plateau state are coming from.
“One office I don’t envy in my life is the office of the Governor in Nigeria. I told the Governor of Lagos state so. The responsibility of the Governors is so enormous and anybody occupying that office should know it. He has the responsibility to protest the lives of Nigerians living within his territory. He has the responsibility of developing policies that will move the state forward and the responsibility of developing economic policies that will fast track economic development in the state.
“The governors are the custodian of life in the whole state and hold it in trust for the people. They also collect and manage monthly statutory allocation including what the APC government introduced like the Paris Club bailout. The governors just manage this for the benefit of those living in the state,” he noted.
The minister, who described the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom as coward regretted that rather than protecting his people during the herdsmen attack on Benue, the Ortom ran to Abuja with tears.
“I shadded tears when I heard a governor lamenting that his people have been attacked. If the governor should lament that way he did, then the people in the state should park and run away. This is a man that collects monthly subventions. He is the chief security officer of the state and a General of the Army, yet he is crying.
“Let me commend the people where there have been attacks and the Governors are crying. And they are still around. It shows that they are courageous. They deserve commendation, but it is cowardice for the governor to cry.
“Why would a Governor who collects billions of Naira be running to Abuja to cry in the State House? He did not come to State House with the Paris Club bailout but came alone to cry. It is shameful and I don’t want to be among the governors that will come and be crying before the President.
“Despite all the monies we have been collecting, education has failed us in the Middle Belt state. There are no schools, no hospitals and no roads yet they stand on the pedestal of their non-performance to enumerate our problems.
“Spare me the agony of becoming a governor because I don’t want to die of high blood pressure. Most of these states have collected a lot of money yet they are so indebted that if I become I will be carrying the problems”, he stated.