January 10, (THEWILL) – Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has debunked reports that the G5, a self-style integrity group of five aggrieved Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has resolved to support the Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 election.
Led by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, other members of the G5 are Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.
The G5, have withdrawn support from the presidential candidate of their party, Atiku Abubakar.
An online report had claimed that the aggrieved Governors have agreed to support Atiku’s bid in the February 25 presidential election.
But Governor Ortom, in a statement issued on Tuesday, by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Terver Akase, described the report as false and a mischievous attempt targeted at embarrassing the “Integrity Governors”, who have chosen the path of justice, fairness and equity.
The statement partly read: “We read a fictitious online report, which claimed that the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his colleagues in the G-5, have resolved to work for the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to win the 2023 election.
“The report is not only false but also mischievous as it is targeted at embarrassing the five Governors, who have chosen the path of justice, fairness and equity.
“Manufacturers of the said report were apparently on a desperate mission to score a cheap political point. The report could not mention the place and date of the said meeting of G-5 Governors.
“The writers only sought to take advantage of the crisis within the PDP for their selfish purposes. Governor Ortom and other members of the G-5 have not endorsed the said presidential candidate.
“When the Governor met with the expanded state caucus of PDP yesterday, January 9, 2023, at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, his message to them was crystal clear that the national leadership of PDP has failed to utilise its internal conflict resolution mechanism, which has led to the crisis rocking the party.
“The Governor said during the meeting that if the crisis is not resolved before the elections, he would be left with no other option than to take a stand on the matter.
“He added, however, that he wouldn’t impose his decision on members of the party in the state.
“Governor Ortom did not address the press after the meeting. The online report is, therefore, fake and should be disregarded.”