Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State was not in attendance as his other colleagues elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)  visited the president on Friday in Daura, Katsina State.

His absence has further raised insinuations that he could be on his way out of the party.

Some of the governors in attendance were Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, Abdulfatai Ahmed of Kwara, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto and Yahaya Bello of Kogi.

The governors of Benue, Ogun, and Lagos were represented by their deputies on the visit which the governors said was aimed at consoling with Buhari over the loss of two members of his extended family.

Ortom has not been in good terms with the Presidency since the killing of 73 people by suspected Fulani herdsmen in his state on New Year’s Day.

The Benue governor has increasingly blamed the Presidency for not being proactive, claiming he had informed the federal government that herdsmen were planning to attack some communities in the state.

On his part, Buhari has not visited Benue since the killings; though, he hosted Ortom at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on January 9.

When Buhari visited neighbouring Nasarawa State on February 6, Ortom sent his deputy, Benson Abounu, to represent him there.

Buhari was in Nasarawa on a working visit where he commissioned a couple of projects.

“As a mark of honour and respect for his office and that of the president, I have sent my deputy to represent me because I cannot leave the state when my people are being killed,” Ortom said.

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