Peoples Democratic Party Governorship candidate and Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, has revealed the motives behind his action to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari to the state.
According to the Governor, despite political deferences, he had no personal issues against the President.
He said this at the Nigerian Air Force base in Makurdi when he received Buhari, whose plane landed at the base around 10.37 am on Wednesday.
Addressing newsmen before the President’s arrival, Ortom said: “Mr President is beyond party, he is the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and whatever he is doing, it is our responsibility to give him adequate protocol.
“He is our President, and he is beyond party and so I am doing all the needful.
“There is no special thing in what I am doing, it is what I am supposed to do as governor of Benue State irrespective of a party because he remains my President and I respect him.
“I have no personal issues with him; we talk about policies and issues; there is no personal grudge.
“So, I am here to receive him, and I have made an adequate arrangement. This State belongs to Mr President. So he has access, he can be here and do whatever he wants.”
Concise News earlier reported that the Benue state governor had called on the people of the north-central state to receive President Muhammadu Buhari with due respect during his reelection campaign in Benue on Wednesday.
in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, the governor of the Food Basket of the Nation wished Buhari a hitch-free campaign in the state as he enjoined the people of Benue to be law-abiding.
“Governor Ortom, on behalf of the government and people of Benue State, wishes President Buhari a peaceful outing in the state,” part of the statement read.