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I Still Stand With Rivers Governor, Wike In Fight Against Injustices Suffered From PDP Leadership –Benue Governor, Ortom

I Still Stand With Rivers Governor, Wike In Fight Against Injustices Suffered From PDP Leadership –Benue Governor, Ortom
September 27, 2022

Wike’s group has argued that for the sake of fairness, northerners should not be the candidate and the national chairman of the party.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has described the news report that he has broken political ties with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike as false and misleading.

Months after the Peoples Democratic Party presidential primary which was won by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Wike and his allies including Ortom have consistently called for the national chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu to step down for a southerner to occupy the office.

Wike’s group has argued that for the sake of fairness, northerners should not be the candidate and the national chairman of the party.

It was however reported on Tuesday morning that Ortom said he was not among those calling for the removal of Ayu as PDP chairman.

However, some reports earlier on Tuesday said Ortom kicked against the call for the resignation of Ayu, contradicting the position of Wike and his allies.

Meanwhile, Ortom and Ayu are from the state.

Reacting in a statement issued by Nathaniel Ikyur, his Chief Press Secretary, Ortom insisted that he stood with Wike on the injustices meted out to him.

“The ThisDay news report is misleading. I just came back from London this morning with Wike and I still maintain my stand on what I said. I have not moved away from there,” the governor was quoted as saying.

"I still sympathize with Wike for the injustices meted out on him and our group. The party leadership has not been fair to Governor Wike based on the activities that took place during the convention and after the convention.

"They have not been able to adequately deploy the internal conflict resolution mechanism of the party to resolve those issues.

"I still sympathize and stand with Wike and let the leadership of the party at the national level do the right thing. It is not too late to do so," he said.

He said, “Politics is about interest, and where your interest is not protected, you have the right to protest," adding, "We remain committed to the PDP but still want the right thing to be done, so that everybody will be carried along."

While noting that it is not late to resolve the issues, Governor Ortom further pointed out that with the interface he had with the Board of Trustees, BOT of the party, he hopes the pending issues will be properly addressed.

"The issue in contention about the national chairman, the BOT, was here some few days ago and we deliberated on the matter. They sought to know what my feeling was about the crisis and I told them the truth as far I am concerned.

"I gave them my recommendations and I hope that justice will be done so that our party will gain its position to take over power in 2023," he said.

The governor maintained that despite the crisis rocking the party at the national level, Benue State does not have any problem, stressing that "from bottom to top, we are good to go, as far as our party is concerned. I am working for our candidates."

Governor Ortom insisted that he cannot work against the PDP and that he will support every candidate of the party. He, however, added it "does not mean I am not aggrieved, Wike is aggrieved and I am aggrieved too."