Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, has publicly declared support for the presidential flag bearer of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi.
Ortom who is a member of the Gov. Nyesom Wike-led G-5 Governors of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, made the declaration in Benue State during Obi’s presidential rally in the food basket state on Thursday.
The Benue Governor who arrived the venue of the event amid thunderous ovation by jubilant and enthusiastic crowd, said the time had come for Nigerians to jettison political affiliation and loyalty and support credible and competent candidates.
Ortom said that Nigeria was in a state of near-coma and needed urgent deliverer.
Ortom said a new Nigeria was possible if the people could vote in the right people in the coming elections.
“We have come to a time where we must leave out sentiments and save Nigeria by looking at individuals who can lead with the fear of God and provide gainful employment for the youths.
“We must, in this 2023, fashion a new Nigeria, Nigeria that will give the people equity, fairness, and justice.”
The former Minister for Culture and Tourism, un-apologetically declared that both the ruling All Progressives Congress; and the main opposition PDP had failed Nigerians.
“The PDP has failed Nigerians, APC has failed Nigerians, political parties have failed Nigerians, even Labour Party has failed Nigerians. We must therefore look at individuals, those people who can deliver.
“So, this is not about party, I am not in Labour Party but I am working for Peter Obi. Peter Obi will make sure that we sleep with our two eyes closed. These unnecessary killings that are going on in our country will stop.
“I have chosen to support him. I appreciate you all for choosing Peter Obi. Of the three presidential candidates, Peter Obi has the character, competence to lead Nigeria.”
Obi who addressed the meeting virtually as he could not attend due to bad weather, thanked Ortom and the people of Benue for their continued support for his presidential ambition.
He promised to identify with them and change their story if elected President, vowing to protect them against herdsmen attacks.