Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue state, is rumored to have said that the killing of Benue citizens disqualifies him from supporting Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the PDP’s presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.
According to The Sun, when he hosted Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state in Makurdi’s Government House on Sunday, November 6, Governor Ortom made this statement.
The four governors were in the state in advance of the start of the PDP’s general election campaigns in 2023 and the completion of some of Governor Ortom’s projects in Makurdi.
The article quoted Ortom as saying the following in response to the 18 persons that were killed in his local government last week:
“To hell with Atiku and anyone supporting him. They should go and tell him. You want me to be slave for a Fulani. It’s better I die. Anybody supporting Atiku is an enemy of Benue.
“My people are being killed and you want me to be quiet.
My tenure ends in May and you can do whatever you want if you think you have the powers. I have written my will. When I gave it to my wife, she cried all night.
If I die at 62, many of my mates have gone long time ago and If I die today, I’m a fulfilled person but let it be recorded that I died resisting the invasion and killing of my people.
“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,” Ortom said.
He claimed that Ortom, who has the title of Eagle of Tiv Land, was attacked, and that Wike was the first to yell, “Kill Ortom and you have slain the entire Nigeria.”
“He did not keep quiet when Benue was under siege, he visited with stakeholders from Rivers state and committed N250 million and subsequently he has committed over N700 million to Benue IDPs.