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Ortom apologises to Nigerians for supporting Buhari in 2015



Benue State Governor , Samuel Ortom , on Friday apologised to Nigerians and the people of the state for supporting the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 .
Ortom stated this during his campaign tour of Wanune, in the Tarka Local Government Area of the state .

He called on residents of the area not to vote for his predecessor , Senator George Akume , in the forthcoming National Assembly elections but replace him with the Peoples Democratic Party candidate , who is from a neighbouring local government area .

Speaking during his interactions with leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria , at the NKST Church in Wannune , Ortom said that he was following the footstep of former President Olusegun Obasanjo , who had apologised to Nigerians .

The governor explained that he was doing same because the President Buhari- led administration had not only allegedly failed to live up to expectations but also condoned the atrocities of Fulani herdsmen across the country .

“ All complaints for the arrest and prosecution of leaders of Fulani groups that sponsored the killing of our people in the state and destruction of property fell on deaf ears . ”

According to him , while Buhari’ s kinsmen , the late Presidents Shehu Shagari and Umaru Yar’ adua , appointed several Tiv people as ministers in their cabinets , the President had allegedly appointed none , in spite of the fact that the ethnic group which voted massively for him in 2015 was estimated to be the fourth largest in the country .
The governor further alleged that the Buhari administration had brought more hardship on Nigerians and people of the state in different ways , pointing out that Nigerians could not afford another four years of his leadership that would further plunge them into more crises .

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He , therefore , urged the people to support his re -election as Governor and that of the presidential candidate of the PDP , Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as President, in the forthcoming general elections.