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2023: Ortom hosts four govs, dumps Atiku,




BENUE State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has rejected the PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

  He made the comments during a dinner party at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, where he hosted four state governors belonging to the PDP.

  The four governors, NyesomWike of Rivers State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, SeyiMakinde of Oyo State, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, were in the state for the official flag-off of the PDP governorship and parliamentary campaigns scheduled for Monday.

  In a viral video from the event, MrOrtom was seen declaring that he would not support Atiku’s presidential bid because residents of the state are still being killed by Fulanis.

  “To hell with Atiku and anyone supporting him. They should go and tell him. You want me to be a slave for a Fulani. It is better that I die. Anybody supporting Atiku is an enemy of Benue,” he said angrily.

  “I will never support a Fulani man to become president. If there is another person who is ready to work with me and ensure the security of my people, I will work with him.”

  Mr Ortom also vowed not to have a change of heart until his people are safe. He further explained how he is not afraid of death and how he has written his will and would feel fulfilled if he dies at 62.

  The governor’s outburst comes weeks after he publicly withdrew his support for Atiku. He had complained that the presidential candidate disrespected and sidelined him during the campaign plans.

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