Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has cautioned his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against the unjust treatment of members who have contributed greatly to the growth and sustenance of the party.
Ortom while speaking on Arise TV on Wednesday morning was very particular about the treatment of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike in the party, reminding the party leadership of Wike’s contributions.
He said that Wike was instrumental to his (Ortom) return to the party in 2015 after he left, stressing that such an individual cannot be ignored in the scheme of things considering his invaluable contributions.
“Why do you just send calls to Wike, you should have to go to him,” Ortom said.
“When people left the party, Wike was on ground. It was Wike that brought me back to PDP when I was treated unjustly.
“He brought me back to PDP in 2015. You have treated Wike badly. The party and national level should go to him and appeal to him. He came second to Atiku.”
Amid speculation of a possible decamp, different politicians have met with the Rivers governor. Those in Port Harcourt to see Wike last week were Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labor Party; Governor David Umahi of the All Progressives Congress, APC; Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigerian People’s Party, NNPP; and the Bauchi State Governor and former presidential aspirant, Senator Bala Mohammed of the PDP.
Wike , in the party’s last convention, came second after Atiku Abubakar emerged winner of the contest for the party’s presidential candidate.
It was then expected that Wike would be handed over the vice presidential ticket of the party, but the party opted for Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, raising a fresh controversy in the party.