Before the 2023 elections, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom endorsed Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party. Governor Ortom has said that Obi is the most qualified individual to address Nigeria's economic and social challenges.
Ortom has lauded the Labour Party presidential candidate for spending Christmas Day at IDP camps, where he celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ with the displaced people living there.
According to Ortom, "many presidential candidates have visited here, and none of them has decided to visit those IDPs camps and look at their predicament to see how they are doing and offer them hope that when they win, they will bring them succour, relief, and hope."
If I were a Christian, I would pray that God would bless you and your goals because you decided to spend Christmas Day with the internally displaced people instead of with your family. I hope and pray that God will bless your efforts to become president.
Because I have seen the ability, faith, and hope in this person, and because I believe this person can deliver the necessary equality, justice, and fairness that I have been seeking since I became governor in 2015. If I weren't in PDP, I would have been chasing you, trying to get votes for you.
"But since I'm in PDP, I'm telling Nigerians that this man can assist in rescuing our nation from its difficulties," he continued. Ortom has frequently spoken out against the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress.
Given the current state of security and economic hardship in Nigeria, he said that the country's citizens deeply regret voting for Buhari and the APC in 2015.