By Sunday Iduh
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has said he did not travel to United Kingdom (UK) and United States of America (USA) to report President Muhammadu Buhari to the international community as being insinuated in some quarters.
He stated this Thursday while appearing on Arise Television morning programme known as “The Morning Show.”
According to him, “I am only stating the obvious in the country. The situations in the country are not hidden. I am learned enough to know that Nigeria is a sovereign country and I know that I cannot go and report it to the UK, US or other bodies.
“I am grappling with over 1.5 million IDPs. I have to speak for my people. If I do not speak for them, who will? We need the support of the international community to tackle the challenges.
“Today, if Nigeria disintegrate and slide into crisis, it will affect the world. The humanitarian crisis will be huge. It is not about partisanship. I am only concerned about the country. Several of the Fulani have stated on several occasions that Nigeria belong to them and are unleashing violence on the people.”
Speaking on the situation in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following the selection of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate to the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, Governor Ortom noted that the leadership of the party and the presidential candidate were supposed to reach out to Governor Nyesom Wike for a heart to heart discussion.
“Wike was instrumental to the sustenance of the PDP. He was the anchor man. He was also instrumental to my return to the PDP the moment I decided to leave the APC when it started dancing in the wrong direction.
“I am done with my prayers and hibernation. The way to go is for the presidential candidate of the PDP to reach out to Wike.
“Wike and I remain committed to the victory of the PDP at all levels. Once Wike is pacified, we can all work together for the victory of the party. Wike stood with us at the worst moments of our lives. I don’t like betraying people. When Benue was being devastated by herdsmen, Wike stood with us firmly all through and is still standing with us,” he said.
The governor explained that Nigeria was being held hostage by a cabal that does not mean well for Nigeria. “We need to work together across party divide for us to bring the country back on track from the hands of those, who have brought it to this state. Nigeria was a giant of Africa. It has been brought to a shameful level,” he added.
On his absence during the Osun State governorship election, the governor explained that the programme that took him out of Nigeria was scheduled two months before the Osun State election. He, however, said his deputy, Engr Benson Abounu was fully on ground in Osun State.
Speaking on the issues of salaries in Benue State, he disclosed that he inherited over 70 billion naira which has been reduced to about 38 billion.
“I am still sourcing for funds. From 2018 I have been paying salaries up to date until NNPC was unable to remit money to the federation account. I have ran a transparent process in the state. The leadership of the union in the state are part of the state joint account meeting.
“The issue of salaries is a general problem across the country. Federal Government has supported other states but has refused to help Benue because we have refused to do their bidding to the detriment of the people,” he stated.