Despite senatorial poll loss, I’m proud to have joined Wike in fight for power rotation -Ortom


Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, says he is proud of
associating with Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, to fight against “injustice
in power rotation”.


Ortom is a member of the G5, a group of five Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) governors which includes Wike, Seyi Makinde, governor of
Oyo; Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of Abia; and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, governor of Enugu.


The governors fell out with the PDP leadership after Atiku
Abubakar, former vice-president, won the party’s presidential ticket. They
refused to support his presidential bid, arguing that his election goes against
the agreement to zone the presidency to the south.


The G5 governors also called for Iyorchia Ayu to step down
as the national chairperson of the PDP.


Among the G5 governors, Makinde won reelection as governor
while three others – Ortom, Ikpeazu, and Ugwuanyi – failed in their bids to
secure senatorial seats.


Speaking on Tuesday while commissioning Government Secondary
School, Kpor in Gokana LGA, Rivers state, Ortorm said regardless of his loss at
the election, he is not a defeated person.


The governor added that he is not deterred from advocating
for equity, justice and fairness.


 “The Bible says you
shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. And until we get to that
level of saying the truth, and standing by the truth, we cannot get anywhere. I
could be a victim of fighting for justice, equity and fairness but that does not
deter me and I am not standing here as a defeated person,“ he said.


“I stand tall and I give glory to the Almighty God because
the Bible says that many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord God
will deliver him from all things worketh together for good for those that love
God and are called according to His purpose.


“I am not defeated and I stand tall and I am proud of
associating with Governor Nyesome Wike and many others who have chosen to stand
by the truth and to ensure equity, fairness, and justice for this country.”


“We have everything we need in Nigeria, what is lacking is
equity, fairness, and justice and I am very proud that right from the
beginning, I stood firm and said after eight years of Presidency in the North,
another eight years should go to the South and I am happy that today this is
where we are.”


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