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What Bala Mohammed told Ortom about the ‘Fulani’ comment


Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State expressed dismay at the statement made by Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom saying he would not vote for Atiku Abubakar or any Fulani man.

Mr Mohammed, who welcomed Mr Ortom and other governors to Bauchi today, said he felt bad about ethnic profiling.

Mr Ortom vowed never to vote for PDP presidential candidate Atiku and any other Fulani in a video that has gone viral. The group has been fighting Atiku ever since he became the party standard bearer.

Mr. Ortom was in Bauchi alongside Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for a solidarity visit to fraternize with the Governor by Bauchi. They met behind closed doors but then spoke to reporters.

But an informed source who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the press said Mr Mohammed had advised Mr Ortom to withdraw his statement.

Mr. Mohammed also advised the G-5 group to avoid making their fight look like a fight against a Muslim.

The source said Mr Mohammed tried to explain to the Governor of Benue the implications of the remarks on national politics.

“He (Mr. Mohammed) said that since everyone fighting Atiku Abubakar is Christian, Nigerians might start thinking they are doing this because Atiku is a Muslim and they are all Christians. He told them that when former President Goodluck Jonathan had trouble with some party members, it was on the other side of the line; Muslims and Christians, northerners and southerners,” the source said.

Ortom apologizes

While addressing reporters after the closed-door meeting, one of the reporters asked Mr Ortom if he still stood his ground on the Fulani comment.

Mr. Ortom replied that he had been misunderstood.

“Thank you for your question, but I want to say that’s not what I meant when I was caught saying that. But still, I know it will amount to a logical fallacy if people l ‘took it as is. I want to say to those who are offended by my words, I didn’t mean that. I’m sorry about that.

Also commenting, Mr Wike said the group had not closed its doors to reconciliation.

“I have said several times that we are here for reconciliations. Everything we say is for fairness, fairness and justice. That’s what the party stands for. We are here. We have never closed the door and we will not close the door. All we’re saying is look, do what it takes. If the right thing is done, you’ll see how the whole country will know the election is over


In a viral video, Mr Ortom was seen saying he would not support Atiku’s presidential candidacy because people in the state are still being killed by Fulani.

“To hell with Atiku and everyone who supports him. They should go tell him. You want me to be a Fulani slave. It is better that I die. Anyone who supports Atiku is an enemy of Benuehe said angrily.

“I will never support a Fulani to become president. If there is another person who is willing to work with me and keep my people safe, I will work with them.

Mr. Ortom, alongside Mr. Wike, has been fighting Atiku since being elected in the party’s presidential primary.

They want the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to resign, arguing that it is not normal that the presidential candidate and party chairman is from the North.

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