Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom says since he dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC), he has never failed to pay salaries to workers in his state.

Governor Ortom, who stated this on Wednesday while swearing in nine commissioners in Makurdi, the state capital said the godfatherism in APC did not give him the freedom to do his job.

Ortom said there is no “godfatherism again in Benue” under his watch.

He said since he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the era of godfatherism in Benue State ended and he has been set free to pay workers’ salaries as at when due.

Ortom said: “There is no godfatherism again in Benue under my watch. That is why you can see that since I detached myself from godfather, even salary I have been able to pay as at when due.

“I’m seeking for other ways in offsetting the remaining arrears of salaries. Since I left APC, I have been paying salaries. In APC, godfathers will not allow me but now I’m a free man.”