Supervising Minister of Aviation Fights Back

Samuel Ortom, the Supervising Minister of Aviation on Tuesday, challenged the media over the alleged report that he was secretly collecting money from the agencies under his ministry to fund his political ambition.

Supervising Minister of Aviation, Samuel Ortom

*Supervising Minister of Aviation, Samuel Ortom

The minister in a statement issued to aviation correspondents in Lagos, described the allegation as malicious and challenged anyone with any evidence on it to publish it.

“I state categorically that no parastatal or agency under the ministry or any official has been tasked or is being tasked to remit any money and has ever made monthly or any payments to me to fund my campaign” Ortom said. “I challenge anyone with proof of such to step forward and publish, for the general public”.  

Ortom, who is also the Minister of State, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment, claimed that masterminds of this mischief and blackmail had syndicated it to several media organisations.

He claimed that the people responsible for the report want run him down in the media and other platforms, but expressed optimism that by the grace of God and the discerning Nigerian public, they will surely fail.

Ortom further explained that a close look at the report of the allegation showed that its sponsors had failed because they could not prove the allegations.

The minister expressed the believe that the allegations can never be proved as such development never transpired.

“Unseen sinister hands were at work in the allegation and campaign against me” he said.

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