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PDP Crisis: Ortom Reveals Why Atiku Is Angry With Him, Other G5 Members

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Ortom Reveals Why Atiku Is Angry With Him, Other G5 Members

Former Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Wednesday declared that former Vice President of Nigeria and the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar is angry with him because he and other members of the G5 refused to make themselves ‘Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs)’ to work against the resolve of Nigerians to produce a President from the southern region.

He added that Atiku is also angry with him for the enactment of the grazing law in Benue state, and the boldness to speak the truth regarding the killing of Benue people by Fulani herdsmen among others.

Ortom in the statement issued by his media aide, Terver Akase further told the PDP candidate to stop blaming others for his loss at the polls.

The former Governor’s statement comes as a direct reaction to an earlier statement by Atiku’s aide, Phrank Shaibu who accused members of the G5 of working against him because they are seeking appointments and protection from prosecution for financial crimes.

However, according to Ortom’s aide, nothing could be further from the truth.

He added that Atiku has no moral right to accuse anyone of corruption and cautioned him to avoid cheap blackmail.

Mr. Akase said: “We read a statement credited to the former Vice President and 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, claiming that the immediate past Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom and his colleagues in the G-5 worked against him during the last election but have ongoing corruption cases at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and are being protected by President Bola Tinubu.

“We are not sure that the Special Assistant on Public Communication to the PDP presidential candidate got his consent before making the statement; because if he did, he would have refrained from blaming the G-5 for his loss at the polls.

“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar ought to be worried more that he has gone into history as the first presidential candidate of a leading political party to be rejected by key stakeholders including five sitting Governors and many other members of his party.

“The question that should bother him is, why did the G-5 and other members of the Integrity Group reject his candidacy? The group stood for justice, equity and fairness that the 2023 presidency must go to the southern part of the country and Nigerians saw the indisputable facts contained in the position of the Integrity Group and voted for a presidential candidate from the south.

“Atiku is angry because Governor Ortom and his colleagues in the G-5 refused to be used by him as ‘Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs)’ to circumvent and thwart the resolve of Nigerians to produce a President from the southern region.

“Another reason for Atiku’s attack on Chief Ortom is the former Benue State Governor’s boldness to speak truth to his face and rebuke him for making unstatesmanlike comments regarding the killing of Benue people by Fulani herdsmen. Atiku is on record to have expressed bitterness towards Ortom for daring to enact a law to prohibit open grazing of livestock in the state.

“The former Vice President’s diatribe against Chief Ortom can therefore be understood as the manifestation of frustration for losing the 2023 election. His failure to humble himself and unite the PDP, opting to remain haughty even when the signals were clear that he was heading for defeat summarized his performance in the last election.”

“Atiku lacks the moral ground to accuse anyone else of corruption. The words of his erstwhile principal, the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo have remained indelible and incontrovertible.”

The statement referred to the book, ‘My Watch’ by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on pages 191-192 to buttress ex-Governor Ortom’s perception of the former Vice President.

According to Akase, “the role of anti-graft agencies is to investigate allegations of corruption. Whenever they invite someone, such a person has to honour the invitation. As a man who believes in the rule of law, Chief Ortom willingly visited EFCC when the Commission sought clarifications on the actions of his administration.

“We urge Nigerians to disregard the allegation by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar against the former Benue State Governor as it is unfounded and tantamount to cheap blackmail.”