January 05, (THEWILL) – Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Thursday, said the G5 Governors and other members of the party, working with them in the integrity group are committed members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in their various states, working to ensure that candidates of the party in their states are elected in the forthcoming polls.
Ortom spoke at the Mapo Hall in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital, during the flag-off campaign for the reelection of Governor Seyi Makinde.
The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, said the problem of the PDP at the national level was prolonged as a result of the failure of the leadership of the party to deploy its internal conflict resolution mechanisms to settle issues that arose after the national convention.
“We want to assure you that the Integrity Group and the G5 Governors are committed members of the PDP in our various states.
“We have a challenge with the national leaders of our party because they have failed to deploy the internal resolution mechanism to solve the problems after the convention.
“We are committed to PDP in our various states and at the appropriate time, we are going to let you know where and what to do. We are united, we are together; don’t listen to gossip on social media, we are committed to PDP and all our candidates in our states,” Ortom said.
Governor Ortom was full of praise for the commitment to the development of Oyo State by Governor Makinde and expressed optimism that the people of the State would return him for a second term.
He thanked the people of Oyo State for their support to the PDP and Governor Makinde, pointing out that their massive turnout at the campaign flag-off was an indication that the election in March this year was a done deal for the party.
On his part, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, urged the crowd of supporters to vote for the PDP in the governorship election in the state, the various state House of Assembly, House of Representatives and Senate seats.
“You all know that Seyi Makinde has done well since he came in 2019 and therefore, the only way we can appreciate more and benefit more is for him to go back and complete the good work he has started.
“The other one, Seyi will come to you,” he said of the G5 choice of a presidential candidate,” Wike said.
Also, Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and his counterpart in Abia, Okezie Ikpeazu, persuaded the crowd of supporters to vote for Makinde, whom they described as the “Youth Leader of the G5”, for a second term in office.
The PDP Deputy National Chairman, South, Taofeek Arapaja; the party’s Chairman in Oyo, Bayo Ogungbenro; amongst other party faithful were also in attendance.