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Politics of Thursday, 21 July 2022


Go convince Tinubu, Atiku to step down for you - Ortom tells Obi

Peter Obi and Samuel Ortom in Abuja on Wednesday, July 20 play videoPeter Obi and Samuel Ortom in Abuja on Wednesday, July 20

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has asked the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi to reach out to the presidential aspirants of the two leading political parties in view of convincing them to relinquish their ambitions for him.

This comes after a closed-door meeting between both men on Wednesday, July 20 at the Governor’s private residence in Abuja. The visit forms part of stakeholder consultation by Obi ahead of the general elections in 2023.

The meeting came less than 24 hours after the Governor returned from his two weeks working leave and trip to the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Speaking to the press moments after the meetings, Ortom called on the LP candidate to also reach out to the other presidential candidates. He says such a meeting could potentially lead to these top candidates supporting his vision.

He said: "I think that Peter Obi’s credentials are very clear and everybody knows. I appreciate him, he knows that I am a very big stakeholder in PDP but he found time to visit me. And he has been going around which is commendable and I appreciate him.

"Like I always say John 3:27 - A man can receive nothing unless it is given to him from above. If God decides that it is him, then nobody can stop him. If God decides that it is also someone else, nobody can stop him."

"This is a welcome development and I believe that he will reach out to even the other presidential candidates of the various political parties. I believe that he should be able to reach out to them to set down with them, analyze the Nigerian situation and see if he can convince them to even step down for him because the provision is there that it can work."

"Let us be seen as putting Nigeria first."