Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has disclosed that he seeks to differ from governor Nyesom Wike's camp saying he is not a party to those calling for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Chairman, Iyorcia Ayu, resignation. Governor Ortom on this note has sought to differ with the Wike’s camps who insisted that the PDP chair must resign to give way for a southern person to fill in the gap of the national chairman of the party. Following the fallout of the presidential primaries that returns former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar as the flag bearer of the PDP, the party has been in disarray as governor Nyesom Wike was aggrieved with the outcome.
In a statement made known today by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom, Nathaniel Ikyur, says the governor has renewed his confidence in Ayu as the PDP national chair who is capable of leading the party to victory come to the 2023 general election.
Ortom statement followed the reaction of Jemgbagh Development Association, JDV, Abuja who accused Ortom of being a traitor by ganging up to plot the downfall of his kinsman, Iyorcha Ayu.
The governor said he had worked round the clock in the emergence of Ayu “as the national chairman of our great party even against all odds”.
The statement added, “The governor could not, therefore, turn around to work against him to be removed from office,”
The statement continues, “Governor Ortom vouched for the integrity and capacity of Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to lead and rebuild the PDP to victory and rescue Nigeria from the misrule of the APC maladministration. That is why Ayu was returned unopposed by the northern caucus of the party and got elected as the national chairman of the PDP at the party’s convention.
“Where was Jemgbagh Development Association, when Governor Ortom galvanized support from across the leaders of the party to make Dr. Ayu PDP’s National Chairman? What was their contribution to that project that they now want to use a clannish stance to blackmail the governor?
“This amorphous and emergency Jemgbagh Development Association, Abuja, which has never been heard of before, is now masquerading as the voice of Jemgbagh to embark on a campaign of calumny against Governor Ortom, who has worked selflessly for the people of Benue State.
“Governor Ortom is more Jemgbagh than most of the people claiming it now. This is a fact because he has done more for Jemgbagh, both in terms of appointments and projects executed as well as patronage in the area, than even one of the Jemgbagh sons, who was governor. Besides, Governor Ortom has consistently worked for the unity of Benue State and will never stand in the way of any of her citizens, either here in the state or in the diaspora
“For those, who claimed to be leaders of this Jemgbagh Development Association, Abuja, we urge them to be truly developmental in their drive to build cohesion among the people and attract real development to their area rather than engaging in mischief or blackmail.” The statement concluded.