2023: “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”, he stressed.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state is never in to hide at the back of one finger, he has made it known publicly that he is not for PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
He would rather die than to give his vote and support to Atiku. His reason is not far fetched, he alleged Atiku’s kinsmen have been killing his people, adding that just last week, herdsmen had killed another 18 persons in the state for no just reason.
Governor Ortom made the revelation late Sunday night when he hosted the other four Governors to a dinner party at the banquet hall of Government House, Makurdi.
“My people are being killed and you want me to be quiet. My tenure ends in May (2023) and you can do what ever you want if you think you have the powers.” Governor Ortom said.
He pressed further: “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.”
“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”, he stressed.
He took some moments to warm those planning to come and rig elections to Benue to shelve such ideas, adding that it would not be condoned.
His outburst implies that the other governors that make up the G-5 Governor Nyesome Wike Rivers state; Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia state; Seyi Makinde, Oyo state and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state may also not back Atiku for his presidential bid.