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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said President Muhammadu Buhari‘s comments about herdsmen and farmers clashes show he hates Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Concise News reports.

This online news medium understands that Buhari while speaking to Nigerians in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), noted that the Benue State leader parted ways with him and the All Progressives Congress (APC) over disagreements on the issue of Fulani herdsmen, farmers clashes.

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In a reaction to the statement, the PDP in Benue State alleged Buhari prefers herdsmen terrorism to the safety of Nigerians.

It said the “parting of ways between the Buhari Presidency and Gov. Ortom was and still is to be located in the fundamental divergence in the view of the president and his advisers, who are mainly of his Fulani ethnic stock background, on one hand, and on the other hand the governor and his Benue people who are the victims bearing the brunt of the brutal bloodletting and pillaging in their land.

“For the Presidency the deployment of an endless and inconsistent chain of narratives remains a convenient ploy in the conflict, regardless that this may be unconvincing and incapable of standing the administration in good light.

“But for Gov. Samuel Ortom his choices in this conflict have always only been those available to the victim who must first fight to survive before anything else.

“How then could he not have become a “Permanent Trouble” always asking for reprieve from the authorities for his people who were unendingly being so brutally massacred?

“Could he have remained a good boy to Oshiomhole and the APC high council when in a desperate bid to survive together with his people, he had the temerity to see the solution to the killings as being in a prohibition of open grazing in the state, rather than in an ineffectual re-enactment of grazing routes and experimentation with cattle colonies and similar other such contraptions?

“How else could the victim have remained good in the sight of his oppressor if not by accepting to be continually killed without seeking to remain alive?

“If today, Gov. Ortom should be a target for condemnation by the president even in far away Dubai, it is simply an affirmation of the fact that the Benue State Governor has indeed stood valiantly for his people and fought a good fight in their defence.

“Further proof of this is handily available in the massive electoral support the people of Benue gave to his re-election victory and other candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the 2019 polls.”