Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state says he does not care about Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and others of Fulani extraction.
Ortom stated this while to recent comments credited to Atiku over the ethnic profiling of the Fulanis.
“I had a big quarrel with Governor Ortom on his accusation of Fulani people. I am a Fulani man. Why should you categorise all Fulani? We have to improve the ways and manner we look after our livestock. I am angry with Samuel Ortom for profiling Fulani as bandits and terrorists,” Atiku said in Kaduna.
Speaking at an event organized in honour of five PDP governors, Ortom described anyone supporting Atiku in Benue state as an enemy.
“To hell with Atiku and any other Fulani man. And any man supporting Atiku and all that is an enemy. I want this to be known as long as I am governor. They should go and tell him. You want me to be a slave for a Fulani. Anybody supporting Atiku is an enemy of Benue,” Ortom declared.
“My people are being killed and you want me to be quiet. My tenure ends in May and you can do whatever you want if you think you have the powers.
“I have written my will. When I gave it to my wife, she cried all night. If I die at 62, many of my mates have gone a long time ago and if I die today, I’m a fulfilled person. But let it be recorded that I died resisting the invasion and killing of my people,” he added.
The governor has also named a township road leading to Iyorchia Ayu’s house after Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.