Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue, has restated his support for the Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi. Ortom, a member of the G-5 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors opposed to the party’s presidential candidate Abubakar Atiku, said he would stick by Obi even if doing so would cost him his senatorial election.
The Benue governor told members of the Igbo community in the state that his support for Obi is “an opportunity that should not be missed”.
“For me, it’s not even that I’m contesting an election. Yes, the form was bought for me by the people of Benue State. I’ve gone round, they have accepted that they will vote me,” he said.
He added, “But, if I’m to sacrifice my senatorial ambition for Peter Obi to win, so shall it be.” Ortom stated his belief that Obi’s inclusion in the presidential race is an “opportunity that God himself is providing.”
“The youth have told me, my own people have told me – stakeholders here, traditional rulers, party people across party lines. Obi’s matter is not about APC or PDP or SDP or any other party. It’s about Nigeria.”
At the same time, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, the Senate Chief Whip, has named Governors Nyesom Wike and Okezie Ikpeazu as two of the members of the group-of-five governors supporting Tinubu’s presidential run.
Kalu stated this when he featured as a guest on a Channels television programme.
He said, “Tinubu is a frontrunner. Tinubu is well-liked by the north and is from the south-west and is going to get meaningful votes in Imo, Ebonyi, Abia, Anambra, and Enugu and he is going to have the support of governor Wike of Rivers state. So, we’re on track.
“My governor here – Okezie Ikepazu – will also support Tinubu. My senatorial district is going to give Tinubu the votes — 34, 35 percent — to be on the ballot. “Tinubu will win because they know that Tinubu’s presidency will help us to have a stepping stone to a free market. People of the south-east will vote for Tinubu.”