Details have emerged from the meeting between five aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State on Sunday.
Best News Network reports that the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, yesterday in Makurdi played host to his allies, Nyesom Wike, Seyi Makinde, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Okezie Ikpeazu, from Rivers, Oyo, Enugu and Abia state respectively.
The PDP chieftains arrived in Makurdi yesterday ahead of the flag-off of the party’s campaigns and commissioning of some projects executed by Governor Ortom.
Ortom, while speaking during a banquet in honour of his four allies, said he could not abandon Wike’s camp because the governor has proved to be a trusted and dependable ally.
According to him, the Rivers State Governor was the first person to speak out with emphasis when bandits suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked him in Benue. He recalled how Wike warned that “if they killed him, they have killed Nigeria.”
Ortom said Wike did not keep quiet and spoke without any fear. “When Benue was under siege, he donated N250 million and he subsequently spent over N700 million to support the state to tackle the humanitarian crisis occasioned by the unwarranted attacks.
“He did not stop at that. He convinced Gov. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom also to assist the state, and he donated N200 million to us,” Ortom said.
Ortom recalled also how Wike helped with a donation of N200 Million when two markets in the state were burnt.
“Is he not a worthy friend? He is a worthy friend and we are working together to liberate the country,” he stated.
Anyone Supporting Atiku Is My Enemy – Ortom
Ortom stated boldly at the banquet that he would not support the Presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
He said that any of Atiku’s supporters is his enemy. “I am not going to support any Fulani man to continue to do injustice to my people unless my people tell me to do otherwise,” he said.
Responding on behalf of the visiting governors, Wike appreciated Ortom for the honour he had given to them.
The Rivers governor maintained that no one could separate them no matter the blackmail, emphasizing that they are bonded.
“People want to break us but they cannot; we are bonded therefore, we cannot be separated,” Wike said.
He further advised the leadership of the PDP at the centre to always respect agreements for peace to reign.