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Samuel Ortom: Atiku is Angry Because He Was Rejected by Me and G5-Governors

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Samuel Ortom Atiku Abubakar is Angry Because He Was Rejected by Me and G5-Governors

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Samuel Ortom, the former Governor of Benue State, has responded to accusations made by Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 presidential election.

Ortom stated that Atiku is angry because he and the G5-governors rejected him.

He also mentioned that Atiku should be concerned about why the G5 and other members of the integrity group refused his candidacy.

Ortom emphasized that the G5 stands for justice, equity, and fairness, and believes that the 2023 presidency should go to the southern part of the country.

He dismissed Atiku’s attack on him as frustration for losing the election and lacking moral ground to accuse others of corruption.

The statement read in parts, “Atiku is angry because Governor Ortom and his colleagues in the G-5 refused to be used by him as ‘Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs)’ to circumvent and thwart the resolve of Nigerians to produce a President from the southern region.

“Another reason for Atiku’s attack on Chief Ortom is the former Benue State Governor’s boldness to speak truth to his face and rebuke him for making unstatesmanlike comments regarding the killing of Benue people by Fulani herdsmen. Atiku is on record to have expressed bitterness towards Ortom for daring to enact a law to prohibit open grazing of livestock in the state.

“The former Vice President’s diatribe against Chief Ortom can therefore be understood as the manifestation of frustration for losing the 2023 election. His failure to humble himself and unite the PDP, opting to remain haughty even when the signals were clear that he was heading for defeat summarized his performance in the last election.

“Atiku lacks the moral ground to accuse anyone else of corruption. The words of his erstwhile principal, the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who described him as a very corrupt man have remained indelible and incontrovertible. Chief Obasanjo, in his book, ‘My Watch’ states on pages 191-192 thus:

“Atiku Abubakar’s name was among the names sent to us. Up to that time, EFCC had enjoyed close cooperation and collaboration with law enforcement agencies in the UK and the USA. I gave the green light to Nuhu for the investigation as requested by the authorities and forwarded his report to the USA. The report was uncomfortable and unsavoury about Atiku and his associates. I thought it was bad enough that the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was under investigation for corruption when my Administration had made fighting corruption one of its cardinal objectives. As it turned out, the investigation in Nigeria and in the US led to Atiku’s house being searched by the US Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It was so embarrassing for our Administration and Embassy in Washington…”

Ortom also clarified that he willingly visited the anti-graft agency, the EFCC, to provide clarifications on his administration’s actions.

He urged Nigerians to disregard Atiku’s allegations, considering them unfounded and a form of cheap blackmail.

This article was updated 4 months ago

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