Samuel Ortom has tackled some prominent Igbo leaders who are looking to derail Peter Obi’s presidential ambition ahead of the 2023 polls.
The Benue state said the Labour Party (LP) candidate is once in a lifetime opportunity for the Igbo people during his conferment of a chieftaincy title of Agu n’eche mba Ndigbo.
Ortom who is a member of the G-5 governors and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has not hidden his support for the former Anambra state governor who is from the opposition party.
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Ortom was quoted on Channels TV: “And so let us not miss this opportunity that God himself is providing, the youths have told me, my own people they have told me, stakeholders hear traditional rulers, party people across party lines. Obi’s matter is not a matter by PDP or APC or ADP or any party, it is about Nigeria.
“You are man, you have the population but thank God, from what is unfolding Peter Obi is a specie that is not bounded by ethnicity and that is why when I hear some prominent Igbo leaders castigating Peter Obi for contesting the election.
“I ask, is it not you Igbos that have been saying that you’ve been marginalized since the civil war, the opportunity has come today and you’re still complaining? What do you want?
“The whole country, North, South East and West are saying that it is Peter Obi, and you hear some people saying, we don’t want it, Haba! Those people should be outcasts.”