Dino Melaye, a spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council, criticized Benue Governor Samuel Ortom’s remarks regarding the reported murders of Benue citizens by Fulani herdsmen in light of Atiku Abubakar’s presidential aspirations.
He claimed that Atiku could not be held accountable for the misdeeds of Fulani herders.
Melaye made the claim during a Tuesday interview with Arise TV.
When Ortom hosted the other “G-5 governors”—of whom he was one—Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, he declared he would not support Atiku’s quest for president if it would let the killing of Benue citizens to continue.
He bemoaned the murders of 18 people last Friday in his council district, where a 20-year-old guy had his eyes removed as a warning to him (Ortom).
“To hell with Atiku and anybody supporting him,” Ortom had declared. They ought to notify him in person. You want me to work as a Fulani’s slave. Better off if I die. Anyone who backs Atiku is hostile to Benue.
You want me to remain silent while my people are being killed.
“My term expires in May, but if you feel you have the authority, do whatever you want. My will is in writing. My wife cried all night long when I handed it to her. If I pass away at 62, most of my friends will have passed away a long time ago, and if I pass away today, I’ll be a happy person, but let it be known that I passed away resisted the invasion and the massacre of my people.
“I won’t ever back a Fulani man for president. I will collaborate with anyone else who is willing to help me secure the safety of my people.