The governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, has defended his meeting with the Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Peter Obi, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, among others.
Ortom made it clear he is open-minded about receiving any presidential candidate regardless of party affiliation.
The governor stated this on Tuesday while addressing journalists after returning from Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Obi had met with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu; former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke.
Others at the meeting include former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko; former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke; and former Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwanbo, among others.
However, Ortom said he couldn’t turn down a request to attend such meetings.
Ortom explained that he did nothing wrong by attending the meeting with Obi.
According to Ortom: “At the end, the solution to the challenges of Nigeria is what matters. Where we are today calls for all hands to be on deck.
“I am free to receive any candidate who comes visiting or seeking audience with me. I cannot say no when such request comes.”