Benue governor Samuel Ortom said on Friday in Makurdi that he had never accused the Catholic Church of ganging up against his reign as governor.
“As a leader, who came in God’s name and was popularly elected by the people, the governor knows the role the Church played in his emergence and has remained in constant touch with all Christian denominations.
“The statement credited to him is a smear campaign by members of the opposition seeking to pit him against one of the biggest Churches in the land.
“We knew this could happen and had alerted the public to watch out for more sponsored campaigns from the opposition to smear the governor.
“The report is part of that grand design by failed politicians who, after being rejected by the people in the last general election, have vowed to make Benue ungovernable,” the statement said.
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