Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State said it would be fair for a southerner to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Speaking at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) kicked off state-level campaigns in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, Ortom noted that he was the first northern governor to support the southern presidency which he says is in the interests of fairness and justice.
“Nigerians, in the interests of equity, fairness and justice, expect that after eight years of President Buhari, the next president will go to the south, regardless of his political affiliation, and c is the right thing to do. We are Nigerians and we need to ensure that we all work together.
Ortom also said Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was the right candidate to succeed Buhari, but “enemies of progress” assured him he would not win the party’s presidential primary in May.
The Benue State Governor also added that the same enemies of progress denied Wike the running mate ticket to PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. He encouraged party supporters in the state to work with him and ensure the victory of all PDP candidates for the National Assembly, State Assembly and Governorship in Rivers.
“Your son from Rivers State contested and it was said he lost, but someone among us believed he was the right person to unite, bring us together and ensure justice, fairness and equity for Nigerians.”