Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Thursday finally laid to rest weeks of speculations as he openly declared that he is working for the emergence of Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, as the next president of Nigeria.
The Governor made the open declaration at a Town Hall meeting addressed by the LP presidential candidate in Makurdi, saying his decision was based on his conviction that Obi is mentally and physically prepared for the task of getting the country working again.
Obi, who was supposed to be a guest at the townhall meeting, attended by stakeholders across the 276 councils wards of Benue state organised by the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in support of Obi-Datti presidential ambition in Makurdi, couldn’t be physically present due to bad weather which prevented him from flying.
But Ortom made a physical appearance at the gathering held at Royal Choice Inn, Makurdi, during which he lauded the qualities of the the Labour Party presidential candidate whom he said was among the top three contenders and remained outstanding candidate who will be able to root out insecurity and unite the country.
Ortom’s message got a rousing ovation from the participants who went ecstatic chanting his name and that of the LP presidential candidate after he made the open declaration.
He said the time had come for Nigerians to jettison political affiliation and loyalty and choose a God-fearing, capable and competent hand who would rescue the country from its present sorry state.
The governror said, “we have come to a time where we must leave out sentiments and save Nigeria by looking at individuals who can lead with the fear of God and provide gainful employment for the youths.
“We must, in this 2023, fashion a new Nigeria, Nigeria that will give the people equity, fairness, and justice.
“The PDP has failed Nigerians, APC has failed Nigerians, political parties have failed Nigerians, even Labour Party has failed Nigerians. We must therefore look at individuals, those people who can deliver.
“So, this is not about party, I am not in Labour Party but I am working for Peter Obi. Peter Obi will make sure that we sleep with our two eyes closed. These unnecessary killings that are going on in our country will stop.
“I have chosen to support him. I appreciate you all for choosing Peter Obi. Of the three presidential candidates, Peter Obi has the character, competence to lead Nigeria.”
Mr. Obi also addressed the gathering virtually, thanking Benue people, particularly, Governor Ortom, for supporting his candidature.
He said that the effort of Benue people would not be in vain.
The LP flagbearer promised that he would do everything humanly possible to visit Benue before the elections,
Obi also promised that Benue will not remain the same when he assumes office after the elections.