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Five PDP governors condemn party leaders, deny endorsing Atiku
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has described as fake a circulating report that the five, aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had resolved to work for its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the February 25 election.
Ortom in a statement on Tuesday, issued through his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Terver Akase, said the report was false and mischievous, adding that its interment was to embarrass the five governors who had chosen “the path of justice, fairness and equity.”
Akase explained that Governor Ortom made it crystal clear in his message on January 9, 2023, at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, during a meeting with PDP caucus in the state that the national leadership of PDP failed to utilise its internal conflict resolution mechanism.
The statement partly read, “We read a fictitious, online report which claimed that the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, and his colleagues in the G-5 have resolved to work for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to win the 2023 elections.
“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 a cheap political point. The report could not mention the place and date of the said meeting of G-5 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 G-5 have not endorsed the said presidential candidate.
“When the Governor met with the expanded state caucus of PDP yesterday, 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 utilise its internal conflict resolution mechanism, which has led to the crisis rocking the party.
“The governor said during the meeting that if the crisis is not resolved before the elections, he would be left with no other option than to take a stand on the matter. He added, however, that he wouldn’t impose his decision on members of the party in the state.
“Governor Ortom did not address the press after the meeting. The online report is, therefore, fake and should be disregarded.”