Benue Group Condemns Smear Campaign Against Akume

The Benue Diaspora Vanguard (BDV) has condemned the recent attacks on the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume, attributing the smear campaign to expelled members and fraudulent elements within certain quarters of the state.

In a statement signed by BDV President Titus Hwande and Secretary General Audu Oche, the group emphasized that both President Bola Tinubu and Senator Akume are committed to the nation’s progress.

“We categorically distance ourselves from the recent allegations against the SGF, Senator George Akume. These baseless accusations are a desperate attempt to tarnish the reputation of a dedicated public servant and true democrat,” the statement read.

The BDV expressed dismay at the coordinated efforts to discredit Senator Akume, particularly from the faction aligned with Governor Hyacinth Alia. They asserted that the allegations are politically motivated, aimed at creating disunity within the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“We firmly believe these allegations are politically motivated and orchestrated by individuals intent on causing chaos and disunity within the APC. We commend President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his exemplary leadership and his commitment to good governance. Senator Akume’s appointment as SGF underscores his dedication to building a strong and capable team. Akume has a proven track record of service to our nation, and we are confident in his continued integrity and dedication.”

The BDV also criticized the smear campaign as an indication of the perpetrators’ desperation. They praised Akume’s leadership and commitment to fairness and inclusivity, highlighting his dedication to justice and equity for all citizens of Benue State, regardless of political affiliation.

Finally, the group called on Benue citizens to continue supporting Senator Akume and the APC, underscoring the importance of unity and collective progress.

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