The governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, has said he will not join issues with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar over the issues surrounding the choice of his running mate.
Atiku snubbed Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, who emerged second during the party’s presidential primary election and instead opted for Okowa as his running mate.
Reports had it that Atiku had rejected the recommendation of a committee he set up on selecting his running mate.
Atiku’s action is widely believed to have infuriated Wike and some party chieftains.
Speaking on the issue, Ortom, who headed the committee, said the former Vice President reached out to him to pacify Wike.
But, Atiku denied rejecting Wike, stressing that he only picked the most qualified to be his running mate.
Reacting, Ortom said the PDP would settle the controversy surrounding the choice of a running mate would be settled in-house.
In a tweet, Ortom wrote: “I will not contradict @atiku on what he said. He is my candidate, and I am behind him. Whatever happened in the course of the primaries and nomination of the Presidential running mate is now a thing of the past. PDP is a family, and we will always settle our matters in-house.”