Presidency: Ortom backs Onasanjo’s endorsement of Obi


Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has declared support for the endorsement of Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
In a statement on Tuesday, Ortom said said he is convinced that Obi possesses the qualities of a leader who will be a true president by guaranteeing justice, equity and fairness for all Nigerians.
Obasanjo had, in his New Year message to Nigerians, endorsed Obi’s presidential bid, saying the LP candidate has an edge over other presidential candidates.
Ortom in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Terver Akase, said he would have personally led Obi’s campaign across the country if he were not a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“I am convinced that he possesses the qualities of a leader who will be a true president of this country by guaranteeing justice, equity and fairness for all Nigerians”, the governor said.
“Governor Ortom strongly recommends Peter Obi to Nigerians as the man who has the capacity to effectively tackle the economic, security and other challenges facing the country,” the statement added.
“The Governor stresses that for some years, the country has been tottering on the verge of collapse, owing to leadership failure and its attendant consequences of poverty, heightened insecurity with banditry, kidnappings and other acts of terrorism threatening the very foundations of the nation.
“He says the President that Nigeria needs at this challenging time in the country’s history is one who understands the urgent need to unite the people and speedily initiate policies and actions to redirect the ship of the nation on the path of growth and development, and emphasizes that Peter Obi has all such qualities.
“Governor Ortom lauds Chief Obasanjo for once again demonstrating objectivity, truth and patriotism as a statesman whose views on national issues must be taken seriously.”


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