Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said he would continue to stand with the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
Wike said his pledge to always stand with Ortom is because he hates the injustice meted against the people Benue state because of the Governor’s principled position in defence of his people.
Governor Wike spoke Saturday, January 1st, 2022, in Makurdi when he paid a new year visit to Governor Samuel Ortom at his private residence at the Judges Quarters.
The Rivers State Governor, who was answering questions from journalists, condemned sustained killings in Benue by terrorist herdsmen.
“Even if the Federal Government does not like the Governor, they should support him because the people of the State voted for the president.
“The Federal Government does not cater for IDPs in Benue as they do in the North East and other states,” he said.
Asked if he was nursing any presidential ambition, Governor Wike said what is important at the moment is to build a formidable political party, the PDP, before thinking of any aspiration for any elective position.
The Rivers State Governor said his visit was to identify and celebrate the new year with Governor Samuel Ortom, who he referred to as a true friend and a strong voice against maladministration in Nigeria.
Wike recalled how Governor Ortom counselled him on how to handle crises in the PDP in Rivers State so as not to destroy it, pointing out that, “that is what I followed. And so you are a good man who gives good advice.”
In a remark, Governor Ortom described Governor Wike as “a pillar of support to the PDP and a shining star in the political history of Nigeria who is helping to rebuild the party in a bid to rescue Nigeria from a spineless leadership.
Governor Ortom recalled how Wike was instrumental to his return back to the PDP in 2019 and that the Rivers State Governor has remained supportive both in good and trying times.