Written by on December 10, 2020

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has applauded his Benue State counterpart, Governor Samuel Ortom for standing firmly to defend his people against herdsmen and dismissing claims that he was leaving the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Governor Wike who made the assertion while commissioning some road projects constructed by Governor Ortom in Makurdi and Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, maintained that nothing depicts failure of governance than the inability of any government saddled with responsibility of protecting lives and property to do so.

He stated that he was not surprised that Governor Ortom was fulfilling his pledge to provide dividends of democracy such as 40 Kilometer road linking Makurdi and Guma Local Government Areas to the people of Benue State despite efforts by herders to destabilize the state.

Governr Wike stated that because Ortom stood firm to speak against abandonment of his people bty the Federal Government, he was bulied and intimidated by his former party, the All Progressive Party, APC.

He described Ortom as a man of character who has passed through difficulties in his political career in a bid to defend and protect his protect, which is the essence of governance.

The Riverd State Governor used the occasion to dismiss insinuation that Governor Ortom was on the verge of defecting from People Democratic Party to the APC.

On his part, Governor Ortom explained that at a very critical moment in Benue history, Governor Wike demostrated friendship by speaking out against the neglet of the state and donated N200,000,000.00 to support internally displaced persons.

Governor Ortom said all those who shared in the same aspiration of fighting against injustice, equity, transparency and fairness must come together to save the country. He lauded Governor Wike for coming to his rescue when he was in distress in the APC explaining that the Rivers State Governor stood by him and persuaded the stakeholders in Benue PDP to accommodate him.

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