Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom said there has been a threat to his life since he left the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) about 10 months ago.
Ortom who spoke to journalists said the Federal Government should be held responsible if something untoward happens to him.
“If I die today, the Federal Government should be held responsible because they are planning to even eliminate me. I am not going to stop. I will continue to defend my people,” the governor stated.
He noted that he was being persecuted by the Federal Government because the cabal in the presidency don’t like him, adding that they were using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to chase him and his staff.
“And I have not done anything wrong that they have been chasing me all over the place. Persecution is so much, threats on my life,” he said.
Ortom called on Nigerians to heed the call of the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari and chase the cabal away.
“It is the clarion call that all of us should stand up and chase that cabal away because we did not elect any cabal in that villa.
“That is the challenge we have. You heard our mother in the nation, Aisha Buhari came out crying that her husband is no longer ruling. That it is the cabal. And we men should talk,” the governor stated.
He sarcastically said President Muhammadu Buhari might not be aware that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen has been suspended by the Federal Government.
Ortom said it was not the first time President Buhari would be claiming ignorance of what is happening in the polity.
“When we were attacked and he directed the IGP to relocate to Benue State and the man went to Nasarawa and when he came we confronted him, he said was not aware. And there are many other things Mr President not being aware that you know.
“Even when the CJN was to be arraigned, was Mr President aware? We were told by the Vice President (Yemi Osinbajo) that Mr President was not aware. Did you not hear him? Or did you not read it on the pages of newspapers?
“So, maybe this one too, he is not aware. Because I have not met him one-on-one. I want to assume that he may not be aware. I am not holding brief for him. So, you journalists too can help us get him to be aware,” he pleaded.