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Governor Ortom Indicts Benue National Assembly Members Over Killings

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George Kajo, Makurdi

Governor Samuel Ortom has accused senators and members of House of Representatives members from Benue state of maintaining sealed lips in the wake of Killings people by Fulani terrorists.

Governor Ortom who vented his anger during a banquet organized in honour of the visiting five governors held at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi, also urged the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to go to shelve his ambition.

“I will not support his presidential bid to continue the killing of Benue people.”

The G-5 governors, Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, Seyi Makinde of Oyo and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state are in Benue state to commission road and electricity projects initiated by governor Ortom administration.

Governor Ortom condemned some Benue sons, particularly those at the National Assembly who are keeping mute over the killings going on in the state saying and promised to expose such lawmakers who are romancing with Buhari to kill Benue people.

He stated that as the state launches the campaign, it is his belief that the PDP will win the 2023 elections, noting that Benue is home of the PDP.

“My people are being killed and you want me to be quiet. My tenure ends in may and you can do whatever you want if you think you have the powers. I have written my will. When I gave it to my wife, she cried all night. If I die at 62, many of my mates will have gone a long time ago and If I die today, I’m a fulfilled person but let it be recorded that I died resisting the invasion and killing of my people”.

Governor Ortom pledged never to support a Fulani man to become president if there is another person who is ready to work with him and ensure the security of his people, assured of readiness to work with that person.

He thanked God for journey mercies granted to his colleagues from their various destinations to Benue state and described them as true friends of Benue people.

He said Wike holds a title as the Eagle of Tiv land noting that when he, Ortom, was attacked, Wike was the first person who raised an alarm that if they kill, the whole Nigeria is killed.

“Wike did not keep quiet when Benue was under siege, he visited with stakeholders from Rivers state and committed N250 million and subsequently, committed over N700 million to Benue IDPs.

He warned those who may have planned to come to Benue to rig elections to shelve such plans because “If you come here to rig any election, we are not going to accept it.”

Speaking on behalf of the G-5 governors, Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, said they are out to save the country from the present condition of total collapse.

“The G-5 are the integrity governors and anyone can challenge us. We have come to give Governor Samuel Ortom solidarity support for the flag off of campaigns in Benue and to tell Benue people that we are with Governor Ortom. Like us or hate us we are with Ortom. You cannot break us. We are bonded together.

“Leadership is risk taking. Whether you like him or not, Ortom has shown leadership,” and called on the people to support him all the way, reiterated his call on the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, to respect agreements that he will resign if the presidential candidate of the party comes from the north.”

He called on Nigerians to be weary saying those who cannot keep to agreements now that they are yet to go into office even when they enter office, they will not keep to agreements or promises.

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