Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue State, said on Saturday that it was appropriate for President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023 to be from the South.
Ortom declared that he was the first governor from the North to support a southern presidency while speaking at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium during the launch of the Peoples Democratic Party state campaign in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State.
He said this was in the interest of fairness and justice.
Ortom, one of the aggrieved five governors of the PDP, seeking the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, said,
“Nigerians, for the sake of equity, fairness and justice, expect that after eight years of President Buhari, the next President should go to the south irrespective of political affiliation and that is the right thing to do. We are Nigerians and we must ensure that all of us work together.”
The Benue governor said Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was the right candidate to succeed Buhari but “enemies of progress” ensured he didn’t win the party’s presidential primary in May.
Addressing a large crowd of the PDP supporters in Rivers, Ortom said, “Your son from Rivers State contested and it was said that he lost but someone of us believed that he was the right person to unite, bring us together and ensure justice, fairness and equity for Nigerians.”
“I want Rivers State people to work with our governor, Governor Nyesom Wike, and at the end of the day, just like the G5, we will decide what we are going to do because Nigeria today is in turmoil and it is only when we do the best that can help us out of our challenges – security, economy, social life – and help us retain our image,” he stated.