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Atiku has acceded to my advice – Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has acceded to his advice regarding his disagreement with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Ortom had berated Atiku for failing to pick Wike as his 2023 presidential running mate despite a recommendation by the party’s committee.

The Governor also faulted the former Vice President for failing to reach out to Wike and some other aggrieved members of the party after picking Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.

However, Atiku had last week faulted Ortom for saying that the PDP committee recommended Wike as the party’s vice-presidential candidate.

He insisted that the committee set up at his instance recommended three names: Wike, Okowa and Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom and he settled for Okowa, who he claimed could deliver.

Fielding questions from newsmen at the Benue State Government House, Makurdi, on Monday, Ortom said he did not want to be dragged into a face-off with Atiku anymore, adding that he doesn’t want to contradict his presidential candidate.

Ortom said, “I don’t want to answer questions on that again, my presidential candidate has acceded to my advice. I wouldn’t want to contradict my presidential candidate.

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“Whatever happens rightly or wrongly, I accept it. We’re the same family; we will find a way of resolving our matter.”

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