The out spoke Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has said he wouldn’t support any aspirant for 2023 Presidency who promises to build on the legacies of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The governor who made the assertion while dismissing the insinuation that he was against the Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s presidential ambition, saying he was quoted out of context.
But, speaking on Arise TV live programme on Thursday January 21, 2022, monitored by our correspondent in Abuja. Ortom said nothing will make him to support anybody aspiring for 2023 Presidency who would promise to build on the administration that has brought pains and untold hardship to Nigerians.
He accused the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of causing pains to him and to the people of Benue state. Lamenting that thousands of Benue citizens who have committed no crime are currently in IDP across the state.
He added that since the inception of the administration of President Buhari’s APC in 2015, the prices of commodities is sky rocketing on the daily basis.
The Governor queried that how could someone come out to say he wants to build on the legacies of somebody who has brought pains to him, somebody who met the exchange of dollar rate at N199 but today is over N500, somebody who caused increase in the prices of commodities and food items, somebody who made things difficult for the commoners.
According to him, that it doesn’t matter which region the next president will come from but it should be somebody who would promise to rebuild a new Nigeria, not to build on the legacies of the current APC administration.
“No! I never said I wouldn’t support Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidential ambition, you quoted me wrongly. I said I won’t support anybody who promised to build on the legacies of President Muhammadu Buhari because his administration has caused pains to me and to the entire people of Benue whom I represent to protect.
“As I speak with you, we have thousands of our people in IDPs across the state. I will only support somebody who would promise to rebuild Nigeria. Because as far as I am concern I do not see any legacy that President Buhari has that should be maintained.
“His administration has caused pains to me and to the entire people of Benue state. My people are languishing in various camps not because they committed any crime but because they are citizens of Nigeria.
“I don’t care whichever region the next president will come from but it should be somebody who would promise on how to rebuild Nigeria. Somebody who will end the hardship that Nigerians are currently going through.
“President Buhari met exchange of dollar rate at N199 but today a dollar is exchanged for over N500. Prices of commodities is sky rocketing on a daily basis. Unemployment and inflation rate is on the increase and its incomparable with what it was in 2015”, he said.
Speaking further, Governor Ortom alleged that there are a lot of corrupt politicians who are in Buhari’s kitchen cabinet and other appointees.
He also claimed that the National Petroleum corporation, NNPC couldn’t remit its generated revenue because according to him the organization is heavily engaged in awarding suspicious contacts. Asking that why should NNPC be awarding road contacts? That what is the responsibility of the federal ministry of works if NNPC should be heavily engaged in awarding contracts at will?
“I can tell you that I know many corrupt people who are currently in Buhari’s kitchen cabinet. They are there because when you join APC your sins are forgiven.
“I can also tell you that the NNPC couldn’t remit its generated revenue because the organization is heavily engaged in awarding suspicious contracts. Why should NNPC be awarding road contracts? What is the function of the federal ministry of work?”, he queried.