…Says, G5 Endorsing Atiku, Not True
The internal wrangling in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) seems not end as the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has dismissed reports that the G5 Governors had endorsed the PDP’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for the 2023 elections.
Ortom also berated the national leadership of the party for its inability to resolve the crisis bedeviling it.
He vowed not to impose his preferred presidential candidate on members of the PDP in Benue State.
The Benue State helmsman, in a statement on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, issued by his Media Aide, Terver Akase, said the report was targeted at embarrassing the five governors of the PDP known as the G5 “who have chosen the path of justice, fairness and equity”.
He said the report was the handiwork of those who are desperate to score cheap political point.
The statement reads in part: “We read a fictitious online report which claimed that the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his colleagues in the G5 have resolved to work for the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to win the 2023 election.
“The report is not only false but also mischievous as it is targeted at embarrassing the five governors who have chosen the path of justice, fairness and equity.
“Manufacturers of the said report were apparently on a desperate mission to score cheap political point.
“The report could not mention the place and date of the said meeting of G5 Governors.
“The writers only sought to take advantage of the crisis within the PDP for their selfish purposes.
“Governor Ortom and other members of the G5 have not endorsed the said presidential candidate”, said the statement.
Explaining what transpired, where and when, the statement added that, “When the Governor met with the expanded state caucus of PDP on Monday, January 9, 2023, at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, his message to them was crystal clear that the national leadership of PDP has failed to utilize its internal conflict resolution.