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2015 Election: Forgive Me for Supporting Buhari – Gov Ortom
…President Buhari had 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.
Just as national election gets close, the Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has asked the people of the state and Nigerians in general to forgive him for supporting the election of President Muhammad Buhari in 2015.
The governor said he felt he had to follow in the footsteps of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who had also apologised to Nigerians.
Ortom made the request for forgiveness on Friday at the hometown of his former godfather, Senator George Akume, Wannune, headquarters of Tarka Local Government Area of the state.
The governor, who interacted with leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at NKST Church in Wannune during his campaign tour of the council area, said just like former President Obasanjo did, he was apologising to Nigerians because the President Buhari-led administration had not only not lived up to expectation but was also condoning atrocities of Fulani herdsmen across the country.
According to him, calls for the arrest and prosecution of sponsors of killing of people in the state and destruction property have fallen on deaf ears.
The governor claimed that while his kinsmen like the late former President Shehu Shagari and the late President Umaru Yar’Adua appointed several Tiv people ministers, President Buhari had 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.
He said the Buhari administration had brought more hardship on Nigerians in different ways, noting that the citizens could not afford another four years of that kind of leadership as it would plunge them into more crises.
The governor called for support for his re-election and election of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other candidates of the party in the forthcoming general election.