Sunday, 21 December 2014

Ex-minister, Ortom, denies EFCC’s arrest

Former Minister of State for Trade, Industry and Investment and governorship candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC)in Benue State, Chief Sam Ortom, is receiving strong opposition.
Ortom, in a statement by his media aide, Mr Tahav Argezua, denied the romour doing the round that he had been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), describing it as false, malicious, mischievous and a campaign of calumny. Argezua explained that the detractors of the governorship candidate were planning to smear the good name of the former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment. He noted that Ortom had not been arrested by the EFCC or any agency, adding that the former minister was undergoing documentation in Abuja as Benue State APC governorship candidate and would soon return to the state to resume campaigns in earnest. Meanwhile, the had announced Ortom as a consensus governorship candidate in Benue state with the purported stepping down of other aspirants but barrister Emmanuel Jime and Senator Waku told the Nigerian Tribune yesterday that Ortom is not their candidate. According to the aide, ‘the former Minister has served without stain or blemish whether as council chairman, party administrator at the state soon and national levels, minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and captain of industry in the private sector.’ He noted that Ortom has never been incriminated or found wanting in both private and public careers stressing that his conscience was clear and that he was moving about freely without molestation.

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