The Benue Governor Samuel Ortom, on Sunday said he cannot desert Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
Ortom said Wike had proven to be a trusted and dependable ally.
The Governor disclosed this during a banquet in honour of governors Wike, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Seyi Makinde and Okezie Ikpeazu in Makurdi.
He said; “When Benue was under siege, he donated N250million and he subsequently spent over N700million to support the State to tackle the humanitarian crisis occasioned by the unwarranted attacks.”
“He didn’t stop at that. He convinced Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom to also assist the State and he donated N200million to us.’’
“Is he not a worthy friend? He’s a worthy friend and we’re working together to liberate the country.”
Ortom said that he will support the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, emphasising that any of Atiku’s supporters is his enemy.
“I’m not going to support any Fulani man to continue to do injustice to my people unless my people tell me to do otherwise.”
Wike, who spoke on behalf of the visiting governors, appreciated Ortom for the honour he had given to them.
He said; “People want to break us but they cannot, we are bonded; therefore, we cannot be separated.”
Wike further urged the leadership of the PDP at the centre to always respect agreements for peace to reign.