December 27, 2022
The Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, says the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, is the best candidate to deliver the country from its current predicaments.
Mr Ortom stated this on Sunday when Mr Obi visited the Abagana Internally Displaced Persons camp, IDP, along the Makurdi/Lafia road on Christmas day.
He also commended the presidential candidate for choosing to celebrate the season with the internally displaced persons.
While blessing the presidential ambition of the former Anambra governor, Mr Ortom noted that if not for political party differences, he would have followed Mr Obi to canvass for votes across the country.
“Several presidential candidates have come here, and none of them have chosen to visit those in the IDPs camps and look at their plight to see how they are doing and give them hope that when they win, they will bring them succour, help, and hope.
“For you to have chosen to visit the IDPs on a Christmas day that you should be celebrating with your family, for me as a Christian, I say God will bless you and your aspirations. My prayer is that God will bless your aspiration to be the president of this country.
“Because I have seen capacity, faith, and hope, and I have seen someone who can bring the required equity, justice, and fairness that I have been pursuing since I became governor in 2015. If I were not in PDP, I would have been following you all over the place to canvass and vote for you.
“But, because I’m in PDP, I’m telling Nigerians that this man can help deliver this country from its challenges,” Mr Ortom noted.
Addressing the displaced, the LP candidate said it was unfortunate that a lot of Nigeria still lives in IDP camps in their country. He also announced the donation of N3 Million to the IDPs.
“I decided that today, I will be in Kogi and Benue to celebrate with people in IDP camps. Nigerians should not be living in the camps in their country.
“So I am appealing to the Federal Government, whatever it takes to ensure Nigerians don’t live as refugees in their country must be done.
“I assure you that the next government, as we progress, will ensure that this does not continue. Today, we are here just to tell you to remain faithful, remain prayerful, and keep all your hope in God.
“What you are passing through is what Nigeria is passing through. What affects you affects everyone in Nigeria. We cannot say we are doing well when you are here.
“As long as you remain here, Nigeria is not doing well. It is when you leave and you are in your homes, farming and doing what you are supposed to do to help Nigeria become productive that we will be proud to say we are Nigerians.
“As long as you remain in IDP camp, Nigeria is in IDP camp.
“So I have come here to celebrate with you. I am pained that Nigerians are in camp.
“You are in camp and we are also in camp because if you were in your homes today, I would have been in my home but since you are here, we can’t continue to celebrate and that is why I said Nigeria is in camp. This is what we portray as a country,” Mr Obi added.