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  • Updated: May 24, 2023

Ortom Addresses Defection Rumours, Pledges To Support Tinubu

The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has refuted the rumours of defecting to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) after the end of his tenure.

Ortom, who appeared on Arise TV's Morning Show on Wednesday, disclosed that he would pray for and support the President-elect, Bola Tinubu if he is sworn in.

On why he worked for the emergence of a Southern presidency, the governor stated that it was for equity and justice.

“That is not on my table, I’m in PDP, and I worked for the Southern presidency, which Tinubu and Obi were part of. Defecting is not on my table now.

“If Tinubu is sworn in, I will continue to pray and support him to succeed.

“I remain the leader of PDP in Benue State but will continue to work for equity and justice in Nigeria.”

Ortom, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), shunned its presidential flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar during the 2023 election.

Alongside others who make up the G5 governors, he reportedly paid a visit to Tinubu during the latter's presidential campaign.

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