Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State declared on Thursday that he is working to elect Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, as Nigeria’s next president.
The Governor, who made the open declaration at a Town Hall meeting in Makurdi addressed by the LP presidential candidate, said his decision was based on his conviction that Mr. Obi was mentally and physically prepared to take on the task of reviving the country.
The Governor, who was a guest at the meeting that drew stakeholders from the state’s 276 Council Wards, received a standing ovation from the participants, who went ecstatic chanting his and the LP presidential candidate’s names after he made the open declaration.
He stated that the time had come for Nigerians to abandon political affiliation and loyalty in favor of a God-fearing, capable, and competent hand to lead the country out of its current quagmire.
“We have arrived at a point where we must abandon sentiments and save Nigeria by looking for individuals who can lead with the fear of God and provide gainful employment for the youth,” he said.
“We must, in this 2023, fashion a new Nigeria, Nigeria that will give the people equity, fairness, and justice.
“The PDP has failed Nigerians, the APC has failed Nigerians, political parties have failed Nigerians, and even the Labour Party has failed Nigerians. As a result, we must look at individuals, those who can deliver.
“So, this is not about party, I am not in Labour Party but I am working for Peter Obi. Peter Obi will see to it that we sleep with both eyes closed. These senseless killings in our country will come to an end.
“I’ve decided to back him up. I appreciate everyone’s vote for Peter Obi. Peter Obi has the character and competence to lead Nigeria of the three presidential candidates.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Obi, who was supposed to attend the meeting in person but had to cancel his flight due to bad weather, addressed the crowd virtually.
The presidential candidate thanked Benueans, particularly Governor Ortom, for their support, assuring them that their efforts would not be in vain.
While promising to do everything humanly possible to visit Benue before the elections, Mr. Obi also stated that he would make sure the state did not remain the same once he took office after the elections.
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