Nothing will make me leave Wike – Ortom

Contrary to prior reports that he had abandoned his Rivers State colleague, Nyesom Wike, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom announced on Tuesday that he continues to support Wike.

Ortom told media in Makurdi following a meeting with Peoples Democratic Party caucus members from the North West senatorial constituency, known as Zone B, that nothing would force him to quit Wike.

The governor said, “I just came back from London with Wike this morning. We are friends, and I still maintain my stand on what I said. I haven’t left. I still sympathise with Wike about the injustice meted out to him.

“Politics is about interests, and if your interests are not protected, you have the right to protest, which I believe is what is happening.” Based on events that occurred at and after the convention, the party leadership has not been fair to Governor Wike. All I’ve said is that we haven’t been able to effectively utilize the internal conflict mechanism to settle such concerns.

“I sympathise with him and continue to believe that the party’s national leadership should do the same. In politics, nothing can be late, no matter how difficult it may seem, if everybody brings themselves down to the level of others who are aggrieved.

“And to say that some of us are happy with the injustices that have been meted is not true. We remain committed to the PDP; I feel that the right thing should be done to put us together.”