Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, who is a member of the aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), otherwise called G-5 governors, said the report that his group has resolved to work for the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to win the 2023 election, is fake and should be disregarded.
Ortom stated this in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Terver Akase, on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
The Benue governor reiterated that if the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not resolved soon, he would be left with no other option than to take a stand on the matter.
Recall that an online news medium reported on Monday that Ortom sent a ‘reassuring’ message to Atiku over the 2023 presidency. But the governor has labeled the report “mischievous”.
“We read a fictitious online report which claimed that the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his colleagues in the G-5 have resolved to work for the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to win the 2023 election.
“The report is not only false but also mischievous as it is targeted at embarrassing the five Governors who have chosen the path of justice, fairness and equity,” the statement from the governor’s office said.
“Manufacturers of the said report were apparently on a desperate mission to score a cheap political point. The report could not mention the place and date of the said meeting of G-5 Governors.
“The writers only sought to take advantage of the crisis within the PDP for their selfish purposes. Governor Ortom and other members of the G-5 have not endorsed the said presidential candidate.
“When the Governor met with the expanded state caucus of PDP yesterday, January 9, 2023, at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, his message to them was crystal clear that the national leadership of PDP has failed to utilize its internal conflict resolution mechanism, which has led to the crisis rocking the party.
“The Governor said during the meeting that if the crisis is not resolved before the elections, he would be left with no other option than to take a stand on the matter. He added, however, that he wouldn’t impose his decision on members of the party in the state.
“Governor Ortom did not address the press after the meeting. The online report is, therefore, fake and should be disregarded.”