Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue State, has stated that he is willing to give up his desire to run for senator in the National Assembly elections this Saturday if it means that Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi will win.
In the Benue North-West senatorial district, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member Ortom is running for office.
After months of refusing to support the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, whose emergence in May 2022 was viewed as unfair by several high-ranking party members, his January endorsement of Obi came.
While addressing members of the Igbo community in the state on Monday, the governor of Benue reiterated his support for the former governor of Anambra State.
“As far as I might be concerned, not even I’m challenging a political decision. Yes, Benue State residents purchased the form for me. I’ve gone around; He stated, “They have accepted that they will vote for me.”
He said, to loud applause from the crowd, “But if I’m to sacrifice my senatorial ambition for Peter Obi to win, so shall it be.”
He continued, “I know that the Igbo are the only group of people who are connected in this world.” This is your chance to say that the president is an Igbo man from the South-East.
Ortom said that he accommodates everyone because he identified with those who believed in Nigeria’s unity and cooperation.
Therefore, we should not pass up this chance that God himself is providing. I have been informed by youth, my own people, stakeholders here, traditional rulers, and party members across party lines. Obi’s issue has nothing to do with the APC, PDP, SDP, or any other party. It concerns Nigeria.
He told the crowd that they have the population and advised them to praise God for “what is unfolding.”