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Go and tell Atiku that I said to hell with him, I will rather die than to be slave for a Fulani man, says angry Gov Ortom

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom 

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has lambasted the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Celebration, Atiku Abubakar, saying, “to hell with Atiku”, including that these supporting him are enemies of Benue State.

The governor made the assertion on Sunday when he hosted his colleagues from Rivers, Oyo, Abia and Enugu States to a cocktail party held on the authorities home, Makurdi.

The 4 governors, Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, had arrived in Makurdi on Sunday for the official flag-off of the PDP governorship and parliamentary marketing campaign scheduled for Monday.

They’re anticipated to inaugurate some tasks within the state earlier than the marketing campaign.

Ortom mentioned he wouldn’t help Atiku’s presidential bid to proceed the killing of Benue individuals.

The governor lamented the killing of 18 individuals in his council space final Friday the place a younger man in his 20s had his eyes eliminated to ship a message to him.

He mentioned, “To hell with Atiku and anybody supporting him. They need to go and inform him. You need me to be slave for a Fulani. It’s higher I die. Anyone supporting Atiku is an enemy of Benue.

“My persons are being killed and also you need me to be quiet.

“My tenure ends in Might and you are able to do no matter you need when you suppose you will have the powers. I’ve written my will. After I gave it to my spouse, she cried all evening. If I die at 62, a lot of my mates have gone very long time in the past and If I die at this time, I’m a fulfilled particular person however let or not it’s recorded that I died resisting the invasion and killing of my individuals.

“I’ll by no means help a Fulani man to grow to be president. If there’s one other one who is able to work with me and make sure the safety of my individuals, I’ll work with him,” Ortom mentioned.

The governor appreciated God for journey mercies granted to his colleagues from their numerous locations to Benue State and described them as true mates of Benue individuals.

He mentioned Wike held a title because the Eagle of Tiv land, noting that when he, Ortom, was attacked, Wike was the primary one who roared, saying that kill Ortom and you’ve got killed the entire Nigeria.

“He didn’t hold quiet when Benue was underneath siege, he visited with stakeholders from Rivers State and dedicated N250 million and subsequently he has dedicated over N700 million to Benue IDPs.”

Ortom condemned some Benue sons, notably these on the Nationwide Meeting, who, in accordance with him, are maintaining mute over the killings happening within the state, saying, “From tomorrow, I’m turning my venom on the Nationwide Meeting members from the state who’re romancing with Buhari to kill the Benue individuals.”

He acknowledged that because the state launches the marketing campaign, it’s his perception that the PDP will win the 2023 elections.

“As we belief in him, 2023, if the elections will maintain, we’re good to go and by the grace of God we’ll win. Benue is PDP and PDP is Benue State,” he mentioned.

He warned those that might have deliberate to return to Benue to rig elections to shelve such plans as a result of, “In the event you come right here to rig any election, we aren’t going to just accept it.”

Talking on behalf of the G-5 governors, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, mentioned they had been out to save lots of the nation from the current situation of complete collapse.

“The G-5 are the integrity governors and anybody can problem us. We have now come to present Governor Samuel Ortom solidarity help for the flag-off of campaigns in Benue and to inform Benue people who we’re with Governor Ortom. Like us or hate us, we’re with Ortom. You can not break us. We’re bonded collectively.

“Management is risk-taking. Whether or not you want him or not, Ortom has proven management,” and he referred to as on the individuals to help him all the way in which.

He additional reiterated his name on the Nationwide Chairman of the PDP, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, to respect agreements that he would resign if the presidential candidate of the get together got here from the north.

When contacted, spokesman for the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Marketing campaign Organisation, Kola Ologbondiyan, promised to get again to our correspondent as quickly as potential.

“I’ll react quickly. I’m fairly busy now however I’ll undoubtedly get again to you on that,” he pledged

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