Tuesday, the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, denied rumors that he had deserted the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.
The governor is battling to reorganize the opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) National Executive structure.
As you may recall, Wike’s strategic team demanded the resignation of Senator Iyorchia Ayu, the PDP’s national chairman, as a requirement for party cohesion and a sense of belonging in order to jointly conduct the party’s presidential electioneering campaigns for the general elections of 2023.
Ortom added that he never abandoned Wike and still standing with him to reposition the PDP and seeking remedies over alleged injustices meted to him during and after the PDP presidential primaries.
The governor’s reaction followed the report credited to news outlets captioned, Ortom Breaks With Wike, Says He Is Not Supporting Ayu’s Removal.
Ortom made this clarification while fielding questions from newsmen on his return from London.
In his words, There is no breaking away from our group. I still sympathize with Wike for the injustices meted out on him and our group.
The Thisday news report is misleading. I just came back from London this morning with Wike and I still maintain my stand on what I said. I have not moved away from there.
The party leadership has not been fair to Governor Wike based on the activities that took place during the convention and after the convention.
They haven’t been able to effectively use the party’s internal conflict-resolution system to address such problems.
As a result, I continue to identify with Wike, support him, and wait for the party’s national leadership to make the right decision. It is still possible to do this.
Politics is about interests, and you have the right to protest if those interests are not safeguarded, emphasis added.
“We are still dedicated to the PDP, but we also want to do the right thing so that everyone can go on.