Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, may have broken ranks with the Group of Five PDP governors following his sole endorsement of the Labour Party’s candidate Peter Obi for the 2023 presidential election.
Ortom and four other governors, namely Rivers state’s Nyesom Wike; Abia’s Ikpeazu Okezie; Oyo’s Seyi Makinde; and Enugu’s Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi have declared they would not back their party man and presidential candidate Abubakar Atiku in the next year’s poll.
Ortom, in a statement by his media aide Terver Akase, said he was recommending Obi to Nigerians and that he would involve himself in his campaign.
According to him, Obi “possesses the qualities of a leader who will be a true president of this country by guaranteeing justice, equity and fairness for all Nigerians”.
“Governor Ortom strongly recommends Peter Obi to Nigerians as the man who has the capacity to effectively tackle the economic, security and other challenges facing the country.
“The Governor stresses that for some years, the country has been tottering on the verge of collapse, owing to leadership failure and its attendant consequences of poverty, heightened insecurity with banditry, kidnappings and other acts of terrorism threatening the very foundations of the nation, Akase said.
He added that Ortom believed that the next president should be one who understands the urgent need to unite the people and speedily initiate policies and actions to redirect the ship of the nation on the path of growth and development, and emphasizes that Peter Obi has all such qualities.
He also lauded former Nigerian leader Obasanjo, who in his New Year message, announced Obi as his preferred candidate and urged Nigerians to vote him.
“Governor Ortom lauds Chief Obasanjo for once again demonstrating objectivity, truth and patriotism as a statesman whose views on national issues must be taken seriously,” he said.