Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has said the eight years tenure of Senator David Mark as Senate President was a waste.
Ortom said this while reacting to a statement credited to the Senator who chided his government for distributing wheelbarrows.
The governor had denied distirbuting such to youths in the state, stating that the pictures were photoshopped.
While speaking at the commissioning of a Brick House and Chapel at the Rivers State Government House, Mark had blasted Ortom.
Mark said, “While people are commissioning roads, commissioning bridges, commissioning good projects, in my own state, Benue, we are giving out wheelbarrows to empower people. So, you can compare and contrast.”
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Tever Akase, Ortom said the ex-Senate President was intimidated by his achievements so far.
Ortom said, “We listened to the comments made by the senator representing Benue South Senatorial District, David Mark, at a function in Port Harcourt where he compared development levels in Rivers and Benue states.
“Mark accused Governor Samuel Ortom of giving out wheelbarrows to empower people when, according to him, other states are commissioning projects.
“We do not intend to belabour the issue of wheelbarrows, for which we have already made clarification that the carts were donated by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons for victims of armed herdsmen attacks in the state.
“Perhaps only Senator David Mark is not aware of this fact.
“Agatu, which is a local government area under David Mark’s senatorial district and affected by herdsmen attacks, is today peaceful owing to the security initiatives of Governor Ortom.
“The people of the area have not hidden their joy and have been appreciating the governor for ensuring the return of peace.
“We are not aware of any effort Mark has made to curb the crisis as a serving senator representing the people of that part of the state.”
Continuing, Akase said, “Senator Mark certainly owes the people of Benue South an explanation on why the Otukpo-Enugu federal highway is still a death trap after many years that the contract had been awarded by the government.
“Mark used the road project and his perennial promise for the creation of Apa State as campaign lullabies, just to ensure his return to the red chamber of the Senate on five occasions.
“It is rather unfortunate that Mark has failed to see the deliberate underdevelopment of the state by the government of his political party, Peoples Democratic Party, particularly the part of the state which he has represented as senator for nearly 20 years.
“It is within the same period that Mark rose to become President of the Senate, the number three man in the country for eight uninterrupted years and had ample opportunity to address the development needs of the people.”