- Samuel Ortom said he is not interested in the country's highest office
- The Benue governor said he is only committed to moving his state to a greater height
- Ortom also thanked his supporters who are tipping him to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has dashed the hopes of his supporters after distancing himself from the 2023 presidential race.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Terver Akase on Monday, January 25, which was obtained by Legit.ng said he is not interested in the presidency.
The social media has been awash with posts by a group under the aegis of “Project Ortomise Nigeria Ortomatically 2023” calling on the governor to join the 2023 presidential race.
The group described the governor as "detribalised Nigerian" who is capable of fixing the dwindling economy and putting an end to insurgency and banditry in the north.
Ortom in a statement said he appreciated the efforts of his supporters who are continuously linking him with the highest office in the country.
He, however, said as a serving governor, he is interested in working for the progress and development of Benue state and Nigeria as a nation.
Ortom said his biggest target as governor is delivering good governance to the people of Benue state since he has more than two years to use in his second term.
While thanking the people of Benue state for their overwhelming supports, the governor further reiterated that he is committed to greater service in the state.
In a related development, Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, also distanced himself from the posters of him and minister of transport Rotimi Amaechi flooding the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Recall that the 2023 campaign posters of Amaechi and El-Rufai were sighted in Abuja on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The posters, which did not have logo of any Nigerian political party, had the face of Amaechi for president and El-Rufai as the vice president and bore the inscriptions: “it's time to do more” and “today may not be the best, but tomorrow will be better.”
But speaking with journalists on Friday, November 6, 2020, after meeting with the vice president Yemi Osinbajo, El-Rufai denied knowing those behind the posters.
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