Samuel Ortom, the Benue State Governor has announced that it would be difficult for the state stakeholders to work for the People’s Democratic Party, PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in Benue.
Ortom stated that, the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku, has neither spoken against killings by the herdsmen in the State nor shown any support for the victims who were killed in the state.
Samuel Ortom said this on Wednesday while addressing Jemgbah Youths Group under the aegis of Jemgbah Youth Support Group JYSG, who came to show support and endorse him for the senate seat in the 2023.
According to Ortom: ” I condemned what Atiku said. He is seeking to be President of Nigeria and not Fulani alone. So, he must not seek to please Fulani alone, he must work with everyone.
“From the body language of Atiku in Kaduna, he is telling us now that he will come and continue with the killings, carnage and displacement of Benue people as his Fulani tribe is doing. So, we cannot work for that kind of candidate.
“We have been ravaged by flood do you see Atiku visit anyone? The IDPs of 2017. Atiku came here and I suggested to him to visit the camp but he refused. All I did was provide a law to protect my people and have no issue with Fulani a man.”
The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom commended the President of the country, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for condemning the killings in Gbeji and asked Atiku Abubakar to borrow a leave from the President, stating that’s how a true and caring leader should speak despite political differences in the country.
Ortom also demanded a public apology from PDP presidential candidate, Atiku for allegedly lying against him.
Governor Samuel Ortom further said: “I draw the attention of Atiku via a WhatsApp chat over the comment which he profiled me and Atiku apologised.
” I told him (Atiku) to apologise to do it in public because he made the statement against me in public and what he said was unacceptable to me but he refused.
” You cannot undress an elder in public and dress him in the room so he must apologise in public “
He continued: ” I want to put it on record that at no time I told Atiku that some of my people are stealing my cows. He lied against me and it is unbecoming of a presidential candidate to be telling lies.”
He added: ” I have not profiled Fulani as bad because it would be illogical fallacy to said all Fulani are bad as I’m working with some Fulani while others are my friends, I have not sent any Fulani away from Benue State.
” But there are Fulani coming from Chad, Niger, and Cameroon to occupy our land, it’s unacceptable and I cannot keep quiet”.
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