The Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has disclosed that he will not mind sacrificing his Senatorial ambition for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party Peter Obi to emerge winner in the forthcoming elections.
Governor Ortom who made this known when he hosted Igbo community Assembly in Benue State at Government House Makurdi said, “I have gone round, and my people have accepted that they will vote for me, but if I’m to sacrifice my senatorial ambition for Peter Obi to win, so shall it be,”
According to Governor Ortom, “I know that if the people are connected in this world, it is the Igbos. This is an opportunity you have to say that an Igbo man from the South East is President because some of us believe in the unity of Nigeria. We believe in working together. That is why we accommodate everybody here. We believe in the unity of this country and so let us not miss this opportunity that God himself is providing.”
“The youth have told me, my own people have told me, stakeholders here, traditional rulers, party people across party lines that Obi’s matter is not about PDP, APC or SDP or any other political party. It is about Nigeria,” the governor emphasized.
He further told the Igbo leaders,”You are many. You have the population and thank God that what is unfolding, Peter Obi is someone that is not bonded by ethnicity and that is why when I hear some prominent Igbo personalities castigating Peter Obi for contesting election, i feel sad.”
He asked, “is it not you Igbos that are lamenting that you have been marginalized since after the war? An opportunity has come today and you are still complaining? What do you want? What are you looking for? What do you want? The whole country North, South, East and West are saying that Peter Obi and you hear some people saying we don’t want it “haba” those people should be outcast,” the governor stated.
The Governor lauded the Igbo people for their enormous contributions towards socio-cultural, economic and political development, stating that their economic models of empowering younger generations was unequalled.
Ortom particularly commended the Igbo community in the state for coexisting peacefully with people of Benue, saying “you live and do your business among our people without violence and the value addition that you have done here is great.”
He expressed appreciation to the Igbo community for conferring on him and his wife chieftaincy titles, stating that he cherished the honour and it would foster his relationship with Igbo people whom he noted have inspired him particularly in doing business.
In his address earlier, President General of Igbo Community Assembly, Engr. Friday Anigor extolled Governor Ortom for providing a conducive environment for Igbos in the state to do their commerce unhindered.
He noted that the Governor’s drive towards total security and protection of lives and property of all citizens in the state was highly appreciated by the Igbo community, stating that “the recognition, affection and appointment of Igbo sons and daughters in your Government are gratefully acknowledged.”
According to the Igbo community, the chieftaincy titles were in recognition of “positive endeavors by you and your wife as the voice of the voiceless and defender of the people.”