…Ortom’s ‘Fulani’ comment draws Northern elders’ ire
…I’ve not resigned from Atiku-Okowa campaign council – Emmanuel
WITH yet no end in sight for the crisis rocking People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, yesterday fired more potshots at National Chairman of PDP, Senator Iorchia Ayu-led side as the camps continued digging into the trenches.
Speaking after a meeting between PDP’s G-5 governors and Gov. Bala Mohammed in Government House, Bauchi, Wike hinted that PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar cannot afford to sideline his camp if he hopes to win the 2023 election.
Others that accompanied Wike to the meeting were Govs Samuel Ortom Okezie Ikpeazu and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Benue, Enugu and Abia States respectively while Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State was conspicuously absent.
“We are here to find out how things are with our friend, Gov. Bala Mohammed and if there are areas we could offer useful advice to him, because whatever affects him, affects us generally and that is why we came and nothing more than that. But it will be greatest miscalculation of anyone in PDP to sideline us and still win the forthcoming general election,” Wike said.
In a related development, Northern Elders Forum (NEF) yesterday described as ‘diversionary’ the comments of Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, who in condemning the killing of 18 people in his council area last Friday said that he would never support a Fulani man to become president of Nigeria again.
A statement signed by Director, Publicity and Advocacy of NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said Ortom’s comment was totally unbecoming of a leader, especially in a time when the scourge of insecurity in the country is politicised.
“We, like other Nigerians, watched the video in which Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom speaks in a manner and language totally unbecoming of a leader, at a time when standards of responsibility and decorum should be at their highest levels.
He was apparently addressing citizens on recent killing of villagers which he attributes to Fulani herders…” the statement reads in part.
Also, AkwaIbom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has said he had not resigned, nor would ever as resign as Chairman of Atiku Abubakar’s Presidential Campaign Council.
Udom gave the assurance while flagging-off People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship campaign in Uyo to debunk speculations trending on social media that he had dumped the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa.