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Aftermath of Osun Poll, Wike, Ortom, Makinde Agree Not to Leave PDP

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Convinced that the prospects of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), might have scaled up after it won the governorship election in Osun State, last weekend, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said his colleagues in Rivers and Oyo States, Nyesom Wike and Seyi Makinde, as well as himself, had agreed to remain in the party.

Some governors and chieftains of the party loyal to Wike, had been engaged in cold war with the leadership of the party, after Wike was denied the vice-presidential position in spite of committee’s recommendation, weeks after losing the presidential ticket to former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar.

Ortom, while featuring on the Good Morning Show on ARISE News Channel, yesterday, revealed that the trio had, decided against leaving PDP, but insisted that there was a need for the leadership of the party  and Atiku to pacify Wike.

He further clarified that Wike, Makinde and himself did not attend the PDP mega rally in Osun, because they were out of the country and not because they were contemplating leaving the party.

Ortom noted  that what happened in the Osun State governorship election, won by candidate of the PDP, Senator Ademola Adeleke, was what would happen in the 2023 elections.

The Benue governor, who also hinted that Atiku reached out to him speak to Wike in collective interest, stressed that Nigerians were fed up with excuses over security, economy and their social life that could have added value to humanity.

His words: “Coming to why some of us were absent, I was not around, I travelled. This was a programme that was planned over three months ago. I had to go to the United Kingdom, I had to go to the United States of America.

“I actually met with Governor Wike in London and met with my brother, the Governor of Oyo State, Makinde, and the Governor of Abia state. That provided an opportunity to brainstorm on what was happening back home in our party, the PDP especially.

“One thing I want to assure you and Nigerians is that we are not going to defect to any political party; we’re members of PDP. Wike in particular, has been very instrumental to the growth of our party in the absence of any former president produced by our great party.

“President Olusegun Obasanjo was produced by this party, you are aware that President Goodluck Jonathan also have issues and he decided not to get involved with what is happening in the party.”

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