May 29: Influential G5 Governor Speaks on Defecting to APC
- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State says he will not leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) anytime soon
- He confirmed that he supported an opposition during the presidential election but reiterated his loyalty to the PDP
- The pragmatic Ortom also noted that he would support the incoming administration in whatever capacity is required of him
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The governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has dismissed the possibility of defecting to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He, however, pledged to support the incoming president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for the progress of Nigeria's democracy, noting that he was one of those who clamoured for a southern president.
Governor Ortom made this known on Wednesday, May 25, while speaking during an interview on Arise TV breakfast program, 'The Morning Show', which was anchored by Reuben Abati.
The Benue state governor is a member of the PDP faction known as the G-5 governors alongside four other governors from the south who fought against the presidential bid of Atiku Abubakar and the national chairmanship of Senator Iyorchia Ayu.
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According to This Day, Governor Ortom said:
“That is not on my table. I’m in PDP and worked for the Southern presidency, which Tinubu and Obi were part of. Defecting is not on my table now.
"If Tinubu is sworn in, I will continue to pray and support him to succeed. I remain the leader of PDP in Benue State but will continue to work for equity and justice in Nigeria."
Ortom further revealed that he advocates equity, justice and fairness and prioritises the country before his ambition.
He said he would pray for the incoming administration and work with them so long as it would steer the country to a prosperous future.
“I have forgiven President Muhammadu Buhari,” says PDP's Governor Ortom
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom has revealed that he is no longer feuding with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Both men have been in a series of banter over the insecurity in Benue state and other parts of the country.
Ortom urged President Buhari to stay back and work closely with the incoming administration.