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Amid the negative reactions opponents of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi and other political parties, Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, on Tuesday backed the former President, praising Mr Obi’s qualities.
Governor Ortom’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Terver Akase, in a statement on Tuesday, said the governor “strongly recommends Peter Obi to Nigerians as the man who has the capacity to effectively tackle the economic, security and other challenges facing the country”.
The Governor stated that if he were not a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) he would have personally led Obi’s campaign across the country.
Governor Ortom is one of five aggrieved PDP governors known as G5. The group led by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike also has Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) as members.
The governors have refused to campaign for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, insisting on the removal of the party’s National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, as a condition for revolving the internal disagreements in the party.
There has been a group of PDP members, the PDP for Peter Obi group, championing the Peter Obi presidential bid.