Following a recent visit paid to Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom by some party members in his home town, the Governor declared that he will never support the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, late Sunday, saying, He should go to hell.
The governor made the remarks while hosting colleagues from Rivers, Oyo, Abia, and Enugu States to a dinner party at the government house in Makurdi.
The four governors, Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, arrived in Makurdi on Sunday for the official flag-off of the PDP governorship and parliamentary campaign scheduled for today.
Ortom said that he would not support Atiku’s presidential bid to continue the killing of Benue people.
The governor lamented the killing of 18 people in his council area last Friday, where a young man in his 20s had his eyes removed to send a message to him.
He said, To hell with Atiku and anyone supporting him. They should go and tell him. You want me to be a slave for a Fulani. It is better that I die. Anybody supporting Atiku is an enemy of Benue.
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 a 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.
The governor thanked God for the journey mercies granted to his colleagues from their various destinations to Benue State and described them as true friends of the Benue people.
He said Wike holds a title as the Eagle of Tiv Land, noting that when he, Ortom, was attacked, he (Wike) was the first person to roar, saying that kill Ortom and you have killed the whole of Nigeria.
He did not keep quiet when Benue was under siege; he visited with stakeholders from Rivers State and committed N250m, and subsequently he has committed over N700 million to Benue IDPs.
He condemned some Benue sons, particularly those at the National Assembly who are keeping silent over the killings going on in the state, saying, From tomorrow, I’m turning my venom on the National Assembly members from the state who are romancing with Buhari to kill the Benue people.
He stated that as the state launches the campaign, it was his belief that the PDP would win the 2023 elections.
As we trust in him, in 2023, if the elections hold, we are good to go, and by the grace of God, we will win. Benue is PDP, and PDP is Benue state.