Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has said he will not work against Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 elections.
Ortom, who said this in a tweet posted on his Twitter page on Monday, noted that the PDP will settle its disagreements internally.
While describing Atiku as his presidential candidate, Ortom said whatever happened in the course of the primaries and nomination of the presidential running mate was now a thing of the past.
“I will not contradict @atiku on what he said. He is my candidate and I am behind him. Whatever happened in the course of the primaries and nomination of the Presidential running mate is now a thing of the past. PDP is a family, and we will always settle our matters in-house”, the tweet read.
DIPLOMATIC DIARY recalls that Ortom had earlier pledged his loyalty to his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, over the choice of Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.
Ortom had accused Atiku of doing injustice to Wike and noted that he was praying and seeking God’s direction on whether or not to support the PDP candidate’s presidential ambition.
He also said Atiku must ‘pacify’ Wike to earn his support.
Atiku had also earlier described the internal problems in the party as challenges that the PDP would overcome.
“It’s nothing new in politics that some people get aggrieved when things don’t go their way. So, we will overcome that, I have every belief that we are going to do that”, Atiku had said.