Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has said he has no reason to resign as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Zoning Committee chairman ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Ortom maintained his resolve to complete the assignment without blemish, saying, “I have no reason to resign”.
The Governor was reacting to a news item credited to the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF) led by one Yerima Shettima, who had accused Governor Ortom of compromising his position for receiving his Rivers state counterpart, Governor Nyesom Wike, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
Wike was in Makurdi Sunday, March 27th, where he declared his presidential ambition to contest the 2023 presidential elections.
Shettima had alleged that the N200million naira donated by Governor Wike to help rebuild the burnt Katsina-Ala and High-Level Makurdi markets in Benue state was to compromise Ortom.
But in a swift reaction, Ortom berated Shettima for being insensitive to the plight of the distressed people of Benue and wondered how a gesture to distressed people would compromise him.
“I am shocked that some people can be insensitive to the plights of others who are distressed. What my brother Governor Wike did was identify with our pains and offer assistance to the best of his ability.
“I am First amongst equals and not a dictator to impose any idea on members of the PDP zoning committee,” who, he said “, are distinguished Nigerians who have excelled in their careers in life. So for anyone or group to come out to suggest that one man will impose his will on the other 36 members is insulting.”
“Members of this committee will work out the best for this country, and Nigeria will be better for the outcome of our assignment,” he stated.
“This is not the first time Wike will donate money to Benue State. Wike has been one of the people in this country who have contributed to the upkeep of the more than 1.5 million Benue people living in IDPs.
“Wike has also donated money to other states, including some in the north. That did not make news to these so-called Arewa Youths. Besides, he is not the first presidential aspirant to come to Benue to identify with our plight.
“Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was in Benue to consult with us a couple of weeks ago. He donated the sum of N50million to the IDPs. Then, Shettima and his Arewa youths did not see anything wrong with that, and they did not ask me to resign.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we, in Benue state, have no hatred for any one group of people. We will receive and accord due respect to any Presidential aspirant who comes to consult us over his or her political ambition,” the Governor maintained.
“So it is hypocritical for this faceless group to twist this narrative of Wike’s visit. It is unfair and uncharitable. We must be open to all to get the best out of many who have come out to rescue this country from the misery the APC government has put us into,” the Governor maintained.”