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Nigeria’s Next President Should Come From South – Gov Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Saturday said it was right for the successor of the President Muhammadu Buhari to come from the South in 2023.

Channels Television reported that Ortom said this at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium during the inauguration of the Peoples Democratic Party state campaign in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State.

Ortom recalled that he was the first governor from the North to back southern presidency, noting that it is in the interest of fairness and justice.

He said, “Nigerians, for the sake of equity, fairness and justice, expect that after eight years of President Buhari, the next President should go to the south irrespective of political affiliation and that is the right thing to do. We are Nigerians and we must ensure that all of us work together.”

The Benue governor said Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was the right candidate to succeed Buhari but “enemies of progress” ensured he didn’t win the party’s presidential primary in May.

“Your son from Rivers State contested and it was said that he lost but someone of us believed that he was the right person to unite, bring us together and ensure justice, fairness and equity for Nigerians.

“I want Rivers State people to work with our governor, Governor Nyesom Wike, and at the end of the day, just like the G5, we will decide what we are going to do because Nigeria today is in turmoil and it is only when we do the best that can help us out of our challenges – security, economy, social life – and help us retain our image,” he said.

Ortom is one of the aggrieved five governors of the PDP, pushing for the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu,

Both Ayu and Atiku were absent at the campaign inauguration in Rivers.

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