- Some governors and senators of the PDP on Wednesday, August 1, visited the Benue state governor Samuel Ortom
- The PDP politicians said they were in Benue in solidarity with the governor who was faced with an impeachment challenge
- Ortom hosting the politicians of the opposition, described himself as a prodigal ready to return home
The Peoples democratic Party's national chairman Uche Secondus on Wednesday, August 1, led some PDP governors and senators on a solidarity visit to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state following recent threats to impeach him.
In a brief speech when they met Ortom at the Government House, Makurdi, Secondus described the impeachment plot initiated by eight members of the Benue legislature as “an act of illegality”, and urged Nigerians to rise against it.
“The House has 30 members; eight members cannot form a quorum to seat, much less plot an impeachment process," he said.
The PDP chairman said that they were in Benue to support the governor and welcome him back to the PDP family. He assured him that the PDP would stand by him, urging him to ignore recent allegations hurled at him by people angry that he had left the All Progressives Congress.
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, who spoke on behalf of the governors, assured Ortom of his colleagues’ support in his trying times.
Dickson described the impeachment notice to Ortom by a minority group at the Benue state House of Assembly as “nonsense”, vowing that the governors would never allow it.
“Democracy and the rule of law must be given the proper respect in Nigeria,” he said.
He decried the spate of killings of innocent Nigerians in different parts of the country, and urged the federal government to tackle the phenomenon.
Dickson called on the people of Benue to stand by their governor, especially now that he was passing through a trying moment.
Responding, Ortom described himself as “a prodigal son”, and pleaded that PDP should fully receive him back into its fold. He described PDP as his home, saying that he had returned to his family, given that he was no longer comfortable in APC.
The governor charged the federal government to respect democratic norms and principle, saying that he would resist any attempt by any agency of government or persons to intimidate him.
The governor decried the withdrawal of police personnel from the Internally Displaced Persons camps in the state, and described the action as “very dangerous”.
Also speaking, the state chairman of the PDP, John Ngbede, admonished the governor to remain firm and not be intimated, saying that the PDP family was solidly behind him in his travails.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin said that not less than four governors on the platform of the PDP are working for the ruling party.
Jibrin said the APC has a cross-party arrangement with these governors. He said the APC still remains strong despite losing some key members recently at the National Assembly and the various states.
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