PDP Crisis: I Have Written My Will, I Won’t Support Atiku’s Presidential Bid- Ortom Says
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has given reasons he would not support the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, saying he would not support a candidate, who saw nothing wrong in the killing of innocent Benue people by armed Fulani herdsmen.
Ortom spoke in Makurdi during the banquet organised by the state for the visiting G-5 governors, including Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo) and Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.
The G-5 governors, had come to inaugurate some projects in the state, including roads, while one of the roads leading to the residence of the PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, was named after Wike.
The Benue governor, however, lamented the recent killing of 18 persons in Guma, his local government area, where a young man in their 20s had his eyes plucked off and another had his hand chopped off by armed herdsmen as subliminal message to him, demanding the abrogation of the Benue grazing law.
The governor said, “My people are being killed and you want me to be quiet; you want me to be slave to a Fulani. It’s better I die. Anybody supporting Atiku in Benue is an enemy of the state.
“Some are threatening, my tenure ends in May and you can do whatever you want if you think you have the powers. I have written my will. When I gave it to my wife, she cried all night. If I die at 62, it will not be new. Many of my mates had gone long time ago and If I die today, I will be fulfilled but let it be on recorded that I died resisting the invasion and killing of my people.
“I will never support a Fulani man to become president. If there is another person, who is ready to work with me and ensure the security of my people, I will work with him,” Ortom said.
On his relationship with Wike, he said, “Many have wondered why I have chosen to swim with Wike. Many have wondered why I have chosen to walk with him in the midst of storms and threats and also fire and brimstone. Many have wondered, but I still remember that this is the man, who stood with us during our trying moments.
“He came out and did not fear the threats about federal might and what have you. I will stand with him and I remain with him, because I am not a betrayer. When I was attacked by the Fulani terrorists. Wike came out and told Nigerians that if you kill Ortom, you have killed Nigeria.
“He was very firm in condemning that attack. So, we appreciate him. Here is a man that did not keep quiet, when Benue State was in turmoil and Benue State was in travails. When Benue State was under siege and challenged by the same Fulani herdsmen.
“When Benue was under siege, he donated N250 million and he subsequently spent over N700 million to support the state to tackle the humanitarian crisis occasioned by the unwarranted attacks. He did not stop at that. He convinced Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom to also assist the state and he donated N200 million to us,” he said.
According to him, when two markets in the state were burnt, Wike donated N200 million each. “Is he not a worthy friend? He is a worthy friend and we are working together to liberate the country.”
Wike, in his remarks, said the G-5 Governors of the PDP, which he christened the ‘Integrity Governors’ were on a mission to rescue Nigeria, and not seeking personal aggrandisement or fight anybody but only asking for the right things to be done.
He said it was incumbent on anyone, who entered into an agreement to respect it, saying, “All we are asking for is inclusivity, justice, equity and fairness in the PDP. The way we are, people are trying to see how they can break us, but they cannot. We are bonded to save Nigeria.
“These are governors, who can come out and tell you black is black, yes is yes, because leadership is about integrity and anyone, who does not show integrity should not be trusted. And anyone who does not respect agreements, when he does not have power, you cannot expect him to respect an agreement, when he has power.”
He described Ortom “as a good man” and charged the people of the state to support him, noting that he had stood and given his all for his people.
Meanwhile, the G-5 governors, yesterday, commissioned several roads and electrification projects in Benue State, even as they lauded Ortom for the projects.
Wike acknowledged the importance of roads for economic gains, saying, as an agricultural state, “If you don’t have roads to take your farm produce to the city, it makes no sense.
“So, for this road and electrification, you have made life simple and easier for the people and that is what good governance is all about,” stressing that. We want to say we are proud of you that you have made promises and today is a promise fulfilled.”
Makinde commended Ortom, saying, “Anywhere road goes, development follows.”
Ugwuanyi, in his short speech before commissioning the JKN Waku Road, described Ortom “as a gift to Benue” and that he has stood for his people.
“Electricity is a strong enabler that drives economic development. Our expectation is that the people that live along this 14-kilometre that is covered by this project will be given impetus for greater economic growth,” he said.
The projects commissioned included five different roads, and electrification projects. The roads were the 9.4 km Tse- Poor Apir Road renamed Ayua Num road executed at 1.2 billion and the 7.7km Yaikyo- Tse Poor Road, now Chief Sule Abenga Road at cost of 1.4 billion.
Others were the 2.0km George Akume-NKST Yina Road now to be known as Sen. JKN Waku road at the cost of 560.4 million as well as the 2.10 km Kaanga-Akaya-Lucy Aluor-Otukpo Road now named Nyesom Wike Road at the cost 809.088 million. The road named after Wike is said to lead to Ayu’s home.
Also commissioned was the 1.3km Low Cost Housing Estate- Bambam Road, now named after a seasoned politician, Chief JC Obande, executed at the cost of 379.399 million.
Breaking: ‘Mad Man’ Sits , Eats Sacrifice Kept Around A Polling Unit In Lagos (Video)
A video currently circulating online has captured the moment a mentally derailed man is seen eating a sacrifice on the street of Lagos.
The video which is currently generating lots of comments online was recorded at a polling unit at Graceland Estate in Ajah
While eating it, passersby provided him with a bottle of water
In the video, a voice could be heard saying ” This is an overnight sacrifice that was kept in one of the polling units. A madman suddenly came out and started eating it. This is how God is destroying the work of the enemies. God will keep frustrating their plans in Jesus’ name “
See what happened to one of their sacrifices at a polling unit. Grace land estate Ajah so that people won’t vote 🤣
— Dr Penking™🇳🇬🇦🇺 (@drpenking) March 18, 2023
BREAKING: INEC Postpones Gov, Assembly Elections In 10 Lagos Polling Units
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos, Segun Agbaje addresses reporters on March 18, 2023
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed Saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections in 10 polling units in the Victoria Garden City (VGC) around the Lekki area of the state.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Segun Agbaje made the announcement when he addressed reporters at the VGC.
According to him, corps members deployed as ad hoc staff on Saturday were hesitant to enter the VGC estate as they alleged that they were held hostage in the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Agbaje said the commission’s ad hoc staff set up voting materials in front of the estate on Saturday but the estate residents claimed that hoodlums might disrupt the process, so they did not feel secure and could not cast their votes.
He said the situation was difficult for security agents to contain hence he and his team had to come to the area.
“We have eight polling units here with 6,024 registered voters and out of which 5,624 people have their PVCs,” he stated, adding that two other polling units at the estate’s main gate were also affected. “Eight here (in the estate) and two outside,” he noted.
“After due consultation and further directive from the national headquarters that we should remobilise here tomorrow (Sunday) morning by 08:30am to conduct the elections.
“By 08:30am tomorrow (Sunday), we will reconvene here.”
Agbaje said the chairman of the security committee of the estate had assured the commission of the safety of corps members and INEC staff as well as the safety of voters.
Some of the polling units affected include PU 032,033, 119 -12
The governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Congress (ADC), Tunde Doherty, whose polling unit is in the VGC scolded INEC for poor arrangement, saying the situation is “unfortunate”.
Breaking: Party agent arrested with N3.2m cash in Oshodi
A party agent was arrested in the Oshodi area of Lagos with N3.2 million cash. This is just as a woman, who identified herself as a Ward leader in the Ejigbo area of Lagos was arrested with a herbalist, on the Isolo/Egbe road.
It was gathered that some Military men on patrol, who were alerted on the harassment of voters by thugs, were on their way to attend to the distress call when they intercepted some persons in one of the pooling units in Oshodi.
The bag of one of the unidentified agent attracted the Military personnel, who insisted to know what was inside.
After much hesitant, the party agent(names withheld) reluctantly opened the bag , where its content was discovered to be naira notes.
It was gathered that one of the Military patrol teams attended to not less than 24 distress calls between 8.30 am and 1.30 pm, from different polling units in Oshodi, Jakande Estate, Ejigbo, Ajao and Oke- Afa areas of the state.
One of the distress calls received from Igala estate on the Isolo/Egbe road, had a report of a voter whose skull was broken by a thug.
While attending another one at the Borokini hall, on the same axis at about 11.45am, a tricycle in which were three passengers was flagged down.
While one of the occupants, a woman whose identity could not be immediately ascertained claimed she was on her way to her ward in Ejigbo, others simply said they were going to vote .
However, when the two men were searched, one of them was discovered to have guarded his waist with kneated charms.
Upon further enquiry, the self acclaimed Ward leader said she hired the service of the herbalist and the other passenger to accompany her to her ward.
Three of them were whisked away in the Military patrol van.
Some suspected thugs were also arrested .
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