Atiku Support Organisation, a support group of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has asked Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to stop his campaign of calumny against the former Vice President.
In a statement on Wednesday signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Victor Moses, the organisation urged Ortom to stop the misrepresentation of the important values of the PDP flagbearer.
The support group made this assertion in response to the governor’s comment that Atiku is an agent of Miyetti Allah and was working against the interests of the Benue people.
According to the organisation, Atiku is not an ethnic bigot and has built bridges across the country, adding that he would unite Nigeria and be President for all Nigerians if voted in as President in the 2023 elections.
The organisation stressed that the Benue governor had in the past said kind words about the former vice president and his vision to build Nigeria and asserted that Ortom’s latest comment only suggests a deliberate act of campaign of calumny and misinformation.
The statement partly read, “The statement made by Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue stating that Atiku Abubakar is an agent of Miyetti Allah is, to say the least, most unfortunate, disappointing, and a misinformation.
“It is on record that Gov Samuel Ortom had, in the past, said a lot of great and kind words about Alh. Atiku Abubakar and his vision to rebuild Nigeria. Due to Atiku Abubakar’s love and commitment to the Tiv nation, he was crowned the Zege Mule U Tiv. To hear Gov Ortom speaking from the other side of his mouth due to a post-primary conundrum only suggest a deliberate act of campaign of calumny, misinformation, and misrepresentation of the important values of Alh. Atiku Abubakar.
“If there is any Nigerian politician in the 21st century who values Nigerians beyond our ethnic and religious fault lines, it’s Atiku Abubakar.
“If there is any who has built bridges across the divide, it’s the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alh. Atiku Abubakar.
“If there is any whose chief mission is to unite Nigeria and give every religion and tribe a sense of belonging for national rebirth and development, it’s Alh. Atiku Abubakar.
“His plans to revamp the national security system for effectiveness and efficiency have been clearly stated in his covenant with the people of this country. He has made it clear that there won’t be a sacred cow in his fight against insecurity.”
The support group described Ortom’s comment as most unfortunate, disappointing, and a misinformation, urging Nigerians to disregard his statements.
It, therefore, asked Ortom to withdraw his statement and disengage from campaign of calumny, while asking the Benue governor to support Atiku in the general election.
It stated, “We call on our respected Gov Samuel Ortom to rescind his statement, disengage from the campaign of calumny and misinformation against the presidential candidate of his own party, the PDP and support the son of the Tiv land, the Zege Mule U Tiv in the forthcoming elections in February.”