Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Wednesday led some governors and senators of the party on a solidarity visit to Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom. The visit followed threats to impeach the governor, who recently defected from the All Progressives Congress, APC to PDP.
Secondus, who spoke during the visit at the Government House, Makurdi, described the impeachment plot by eight minority members of the Benue legislature as “an act of illegality”.
“The House has 30 members; eight members cannot form a quorum to seat, much less plot an impeachment process,” he said.
He assured Ortom that the party would stand by him, urging him to ignore recent allegations by people who are angry that he had left the APC.
Bayelsa governor, Seriake Dickson, who spoke on behalf of the other governors, also assured Ortom of support in his trying times.
Dickson described the impeachment notice served to Ortom as “nonsense”, vowing that the governors would never allow it.
“Democracy and the rule of law must be given the proper respect in Nigeria,” he said.
He urged the people of Benue to stand by their governor, especially now that he was passing through a trying moment.
Responding, Ortom described himself as “a prodigal son” and pleaded that the party should fully receive him back into its fold.
He also charged the Federal Government to respect democratic principles and vowed to resist any attempt by any agency of government or persons to intimidate him.
The governor also lamented the withdrawal of police personnel from the Internally Displaced Persons camps in the state. He described the action as “very dangerous”.