Makurdi—The plot to frustrate Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State after his defection from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, took a dramatic turn yesterday following indication that the state government’s bank accounts have been frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Vanguard gathered that the government accounts were frozen by the anti graft agency on the premise that the Governor’s security vote was being investigated.
According to a top official of the administration, the government’s accounts affected by the EFCC order includes those in Fidelity Bank, First Bank and GTB.
Speaking further, the official said: “The order would effected the payment of salaries and all of the state government’s financial obligations because these are accounts from where salaries and other Sunday payments are paid.
“We also gathered that the commission secured a valid court order which was presented to all the affected banks for necessary action but it is clearly a witch-hunt because Governor Ortom defected from the APC, that is Nigerian democracy for you.
“We are only urging Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to use his good offices to stop these spate of impunity from hell going on in our country because we are gradually descending to anarchy in Nigeria.
“When has it become an offence for anyone to defect to another party, for God’s sake? Is this the country and democracy we all gave our all and also lost loved one to achieve?,” he queried.
When contacted, the Chief Press Secretary, CPS to the Governor, Terver Akase, who confirmed the development simply said: “the agenda to shut down Benue State is thickening by the day.”