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PDP Crisis: Wike and I are still together, injustice must be addressed says Ortom

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Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom says he still remains an ally of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike over the issues causing conflict in the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

Lately, Wike’s loyalists, including Ortom have expressed their support for the Rivers governor over calls for Ayu to step down on the grounds that the party’s national chairman and presidential candidate cannot come from the same region.

An earlier statement by Governor Ortom’s Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, had quoted Ortom as saying he “has no hand in the current travails” of the PDP National Chairman, Oyorchia Ayu.

But in clarifying the comment in a statement issued on Tuesday by Ikyur, the Benue governor said it was “misleading” to say his comment meant he had changed his position on supporting Wike.

The statement quoted
Ortom as saying, “I just came back from London this morning with Wike and I still maintain my stand on what I said.

“I have not moved away from there. The party leadership has not been fair to Governor Wike based on the activities that took place during the convention and after the convention.

“They have not been able to adequately deploy the internal conflict resolution mechanism of the party to resolve those issues.

“So I still sympathise and stand with Wike and let the leadership of the party at the national level do the right thing. It is not too late to do so.

“Politics is about interest, and where your interest is not protected, you have the right to protest. We remain committed to the PDP but still want the right thing to be done, so that everybody will be carried along.”



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