Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State said he has being able to pay salaries as at when due since he left the All Progressives Congress and detached himself from godfathers.
Ortom who defected from APC to PDP in July said he is now a free man, no longer under the dictate of godfathers in Benue.
According to Sahara Reporters, the governor made this know during the swearing-in ceremony of nine new commissioners who replaced those sacked in August.
“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,” he said.