- Governor Samuel Ortom called on Atiku Abubakar to apologise over his outburst against him and the people of the state
- Going further, the Benue state governor also told Atiku not to think that Fulani alone could make him the president
- Ortom described as false the claim that he profiled Fulani herdsmen and made the claim that his people stole cows from his farm
In what can be described as another twist in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saga, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state said the Presidential candidate of the party, lhaji Atiku Abubakar believes that Fulanis will vote him into power in 2023.
The governor also asked the presidential candidate to tender a public apology to him for the statement he made in Kaduna if he cares about Benue votes, Vanguard Newspaper reports.
It will be recalled that Alhaji Abubakar during the presidential interactive session organized by the Arewa Joint Committee held in Kaduna was quoted as saying that “I am angry with Governor Ortom for profiling Fulanis as bandits and terrorists because I am a Fulani.”
Reacting to the comment, the governor asked Alhaji Abubakar to tender a public apology to him and Benue people.
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“I join you the youths to vehemently condemn the Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s statement against me because when that statement got to me, I protested to him through a WhatsApp chat and he apologised to me.
“But I told him that it did not go down well with my people and several other people across the country and so he should make the apology public ; he declined to make it public.
“You cannot undress an elder like me in the public and want to dress me up in the room. I told him it is wrong but he has refused to make the apology public that is why we are where we are today.
“And I want to put it on record that at no time did I apologise to Atiku that some of my brothers were stealing my cow. He lied against me and I take exception to that and I require an apology from him. It is unbecoming for a presidential candidate to tell lies against his people.
“And so I never also profiled Fulanis as a whole because it will be a logical fallacy, I am educated to say that all Fulanis are bad. There are good Fulanis that I can even allow access to my bedroom. Some are serving with me here. I have never sent any Fulani man away from Benue, we have all lived together."
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2023 election: Wike, Ikpeazu enter fresh permutation with 2 powerful APC governors
The crisis rocking the PDP had taken a new dimension as the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, along with his counterpart in Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, made a fresh move.
The governors met with their counterparts in Cross River and Ebonyi states, Ayade and Umahi, who are members of the APC at Wike’s Rumueprikon country home in Obio-Akpor local government area of Port Harcourt.
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A source who was closer to the development confirmed the arrival of the governors, adding that they quickly went into a closed-door meeting.
2023 election: Popular TV host dares Tinubu to show up for a live interview
In another report, ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general election, the All Progressive Peoples Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been challenged for an interview on a live telecast.
Popular TV host and highly revered broadcaster Rufai Oseni of Arise TV took to his Twitter handle on Wednesday, October 26, to issue the challenge to the APC stalwart.
According to his tweet sighted by Legit.ng, Rufai reeled out the names of some of the top presidential candidates who had made it to his popular breakfast program, "The Morning Show".