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14 Nov 2018

I am ready to die for truth, Ortom says as he pays workers salary

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said he was ready to die as long as he stands for and speaks the truth.

The Governor, who recently dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stated that since he detached himself from godfathers, he has started paying salaries of state workers as and when due.

Ortom said this on Tuesday while swearing in eight newly-appointed commissioners.

According to him, “There is no godfatherism again under my watch and that is why you can see that since I detached myself from godfathers, even salaries, I have been able to pay.”

Ortom also said that he was looking for other ways to offset the remaining arrears of salaries owed Benue workers as soon as possible.

Speaking further, the Governor said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was now a department of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

He added, “Despite intimidation from the EFCC that has now become a department in APC, we are not going to be intimidated.

“In the last eight months, civil servants who are working with me are being troubled for no just cause. It then means that once you decamp from the APC, EFCC comes after you.”

“We are not afraid. If we did anything wrong, we are ready to face the law but we will not succumb to intimidation.

“We have reported the matter to the United Nations. I am ready to die once but I must speak the truth.”

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