Barrister Nyesome Wike, the Governor of Rivers State, says he will continue to support Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom because he despises the injustice meted out to the state as a result of the Governor’s moral stand in defense of his people.
Governor Wike delivered these remarks in Makurdi on Saturday, January 1st, 2022, when he paid a new year visit to Governor Samuel Ortom at his private residence in Judges Quarters.
During a press conference, the Governor of Rivers State decried the ongoing killings in Benue by terrorist herdsmen.
He said that, even if the President does not like the Governor, the federal government should back him because the people of the state voted for him.
Wike was particularly angry at how Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in Benue are not taken care of by the Federal Government as those in the North East and other states.
He recalled that Benue people also voted for President Buhari and so deserve his care and protection.
Asked if he was nursing any presidential ambition, Governor Wike said what is important at the moment is to build a formidable political party, the PDP before thinking of any ambition for any elective position.
The Rivers State Governor said his visit was to identify and celebrate the new year with a true friend and strong voice against maladministration in the country, Governor Samuel Ortom.
Wike recalled how Governor Ortom counselled him on how to handle crises in the PDP in Rivers State so as not to destroy it, pointing out that, “that is what I followed. And so you are a good man who gives good advice.”
While pledging the continued support of his administration to the government and people of Benue State, Governor Wike also acknowledged the confidence of the wife of the Benue State Governor, Dr Mrs Eunice Ortom in the relationship he shares with her husband.
In a remark, Governor Ortom described Governor Wike as “a pillar of support to the PDP and a shining star in the political history of Nigeria who is helping to rebuild the party in a bid to rescue Nigeria from a spineless leadership.
Governor Ortom recalled how Wike was instrumental to his return to the PDP in 2019 and that the Rivers State Governor has remained supportive both in good and trying times.
Governor Ortom extended the best wishes of the government and people of Benue State to the government and people of Rivers State especially as they celebrate the new year, 2022.