Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is said to have apologized to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State for the actions of security officers stationed at the entrance of the Air Force Base in Makurdi, the state capital.
On Saturday, February 12, security forces connected to the tactical air command at the main entrance of the Air Force Base (NAF) stopped Governor Ortom from accepting Vice President into his state.
The Vice President was on his way to the Federal University of Wukari’s convocation in Wukari, Taraba State, en route to the Makurdi military airport in Benue.
Ortorm expressed his unhappiness to journalists at the Government House in Makurdi earlier today after being denied entry to the Air Force gate while on his way to visit Nigeria’s Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Government agencies, he argued, should avoid mixing official duty with politics. Governor Ortom claimed that he had been formally asked to welcome Vice President to the state, but that he was astonished when a Nigerian Air Force officer took his place.
The governor, who has been openly contemptuous of the Buhari administration, has demanded that the air force members be disciplined for what he called an embarrassment to his office.
Governor Ortom said as he held a letter from the State House formally requesting him to receive the Vice President,”
“I don’t want to be someone who is a busybody. I have too many things to do. As I talk to you, the entire Gwer-West is under siege. The Fulani have come and are burning down houses. I was supposed to go there but I had to shift everything to receive the Vice President. I feel so pained that politics has been taken beyond what it is supposed to be.
There is no permanent enemy in politics, no permanent friend. Tomorrow I can be the best friend of Mr President if they choose to do the right thing. I don’t have any problems with the President and Vice President, and all the things that I say, they are meant to add value to development and get things right. I have never insulted the President or the Vice President or the Federal Government. But there are certain things they are doing which are wrong.”
According to the Daily Trust, Osinbajo and the Nigerian Air Force have subsequently apologized to Governor Ortom, who finally received the Vice President at the Air Force Base.
The official photographer then released a photo of the governor welcoming Osinbajo to the vice president later in the day.
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