Ortom Says He’s Ready To Sacrifice His Senatorial Ambition For Peter Obi To Win [Video]
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has declared his support for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, in the 2023 general election.
Ortom, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had refused to support his party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, whose emergence in the primary election was viewed as unfair by several high-ranking party members.
While addressing members of the Igbo community in Benue on Monday, the governor said he is ready to sacrifice his senatorial ambition in the National Assembly elections this Saturday, if it will ensure Peter Obi’s victory in the presidential poll.
“For me, it’s not even that I’m contesting an election. Yes, the form was bought for me by the people of Benue State. I’ve gone round; they have accepted that they will vote [for] me.
“But if I’m to sacrifice my senatorial ambition for Peter Obi to win, so shall it be,” Ortom said to loud cheers from the crowd.
He added, “I know that if [any group of] people are connected in this world, they are the Igbo. This is the opportunity you have to say that an Igbo man from the South-East is president.”
Ortom identified with those who believed in the unity of Nigeria and working together, saying it was for this reason that he accommodates everybody.
He said Obi’s candidature came at a time when Nigerians 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.
He said, “So, let us not miss this opportunity that God himself is providing. The youth have told me, my own people have told me – stakeholders here, traditional rulers, party people across party lines. Obi’s matter is not about APC or PDP or SDP or any other party. It’s about Nigeria.”
Speaking to the crowd, he told them that they have the population, adding that they should thank God for “what is unfolding”. He described Obi as a species that is not bound by ethnicity.
“That is why when I hear some prominent Igbo personalities castigating Peter Obi for contesting the election – is it not you people that have been saying you have been marginalized since after the war?
“The opportunity has come today and you’re still complaining. What do you want?! What are you looking for?
“The whole country – North, South, East, and West – are saying Peter Obi, and you hear some people say, ‘We don’t want it.’ Haba! Those people should be outcasts,” he added.
Watch the video below:
I Am Ready To Sacrifice My Senatorial Ambition For Peter Obi To Win – Gov Ortom pic.twitter.com/eUkXDROdyT
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KanyiDaily recalls that Governor Samuel Ortom had also backed the endorsement of Peter Obi by the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.