Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has accused the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, of working with Miyetti Allah, a herdsmen group with a militant strain.
In what could be seen as a withdrawal of his support for Atiku Abubakar, the Benue State governor accused the PDP candidate of dishonoring him as Governor and working against the interest of Benue residents.
Ortom, who is reportedly incensed over Atiku’s comments on the recent killings by suspected herdsmen in Benue state, disclosed this on Tuesday at the Chapel of Grace, Government House, Makurdi.
He said: “It was not correct for a presidential candidate who is seeking to rule the people to say that kind of thing.
“It was very wrong. And it would appear that he doesn’t even reference me and consider me to be a Governor of my state.”
According to Ortom, the former vice president had sidelined him in selecting his presidential campaign team.
He said: “I am not in his campaign team. The people they appointed there, no consent from me. So I’ll remain on my own. But I’m waiting; when the election comes, we shall vote the election according to the election.”
Naija News reports that Ortom’s comment is coming after a group of elder statesmen in Benue, Minda Leaders of Thoughts, also withdrew their support for Atiku over alleged hate speech and profiling of Benue people.