Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has said that it would only be right for a Southerner to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Speaking at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium during the flag-off of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state-level campaigns in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, Ortom noted that he was the first governor from the north to back the Southern Presidency which he said is in the interest of fairness and justice.
“Nigerians, for the sake of equity, fairness, and justice, expect that after eight years of President Buhari, the next President should go to the south irrespective of political affiliation and that is the right thing to do. We are Nigerians and we must ensure that all of us work together.”
Ortom also said that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was the right candidate to succeed Buhari but “enemies of progress” ensured he didn’t win the party’s presidential primary in May.
The Benue state Governor also added that same enemies of progress denied Wike the running mate ticket to PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. He further the party’s supporters in the state to work with him and ensure victory for all PDP National Assembly, State Assembly, and Governorship candidates in Rivers.
“Your son from Rivers State contested and it was said that he lost but someone of us believed that he was the right person to unite, bring us together and ensure justice, fairness, and equity for Nigerians.”