Former Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, claims that former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2023 general election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is angry with him for his membership in the G-5 Integrity Group, his insistence on a southern president, and the passage of the grazing law in Benue state, among other things.
In a statement issued Wednesday in Makurdi by his media aide, Terver Akase, the former Governor was reacting to a recent statement attributed to a Special Assistant on Public Communication to the PDP presidential candidate, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, who allegedly lambasted members of the G-5 group for working against the PDP Presidential candidate’s election victory.
Mr. Shaibu said in the statement that the G-5 governors were just interested in relevance, appointments, and immunity from prosecution, emphasizing that the G-5 governors’ choice not to endorse Atiku had nothing to do with patriotism.
“We read a statement credited to the former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party 2023 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, claiming that the immediate past Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, and his colleagues in the G-5 worked against him during the last election but have ongoing corruption cases at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and are being protected by President Bola Tinubu,” Mr. Akase said.
“We are not certain that the Special Assistant on Public Communication to the PDP presidential candidate obtained his permission before making the statement; if he did, he would not have blamed the G-5 for his loss at the polls.”
“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar should be more concerned that he has become the first presidential candidate of a major political party to be rejected by key stakeholders, including five sitting governors and many other party members.”
“He should be concerned about why the G-5 and other members of the Integrity Group rejected his candidacy.” The group stood for justice, equality, and fairness, saying that the presidency in 2023 must go to the south, and Nigerians saw the indisputable facts contained in the Integrity organization’s argument and voted for a presidential candidate from the south.
“Atiku is angry because Governor Ortom and his G-5 colleagues refused to be used as ‘Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs)’ to circumvent and thwart Nigerians’ resolve to produce a President from the southern region.”
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