Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has declared his refusal to be at loggerheads with the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
Governor Ortom said he will not respond to Atiku’s comments about his choice of Vice Presidential candidate.
Atiku Abubakar during his interview on Arise TV said the committee set up to choose a running mate for him, did not recommend the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
The committee rather recommended three candidates and there was no record of voting, he said
His comments contradict those of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who chaired the panel.
Shortly after Atiku emerged as the presidential candidate of the PDP, the party set up a 17-member panel to help him pick a suitable running mate – at his request.
The Ortom-led panel had deliberated and considered three Southern governors, namely Wike, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.
There were reports that the panel, through a vote, settled for and recommended Governor Wike as the vice-presidential candidate.
But Atiku Abubakar said no voting took place beside the recommendation.
Reacting to Atiku’s clarification, the Benue state governor said he was not going to join issues with his presidential candidate but would rather start working for his success at the 2023 polls.
“I will not contradict Atiku on what he said. He is my candidate and I am behind him.
“Whatever happened in the course of the primaries and nomination of the Presidential running mate is now a thing of the past.
“PDP is a family, and we will always settle our matters in-house,” Ortom declared