Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has reacted to an allegation leveled against him his predecessor, George Akume, that his PhD certificate is fake.
Akume at an APC caucus meeting held over the weekend in Makurdi, the state capital, alleged that the state governor who defected from APC to PDP in July, has in his possession, a fake PhD certificate. In a seperate interview with Punch, Akume said
“Ortom said he has PhD from the Commonwealth University of Berlin, but there is nothing like Commonwealth University. At least, I’m a graduate of the University of Ibadan, where I bagged my first and second degrees. I am also a fellow of the Institute of Management and I have honourary PhD from the University of Jos”.
Reacting to the allegation, Governor Ortom’s special Adviser on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua, described Akume as a drunk who could not be taken seriously. Agerzua said having a PhD is not a prerequisite for being a governor.
“Akume is not an accreditation authority and he cannot speak on that. In any case, that has no basis because PhD is not a prerequisite for governorship; so, it is a diversionary tactic. Let him give an account of his stewardship; he should stop assessing others, he is not an assessment authority. Moreover, everybody knows that he is a drunk; what he said stems out of his drunkenness; he is not someone to be taken seriously” he said