Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Wednesday in Markurdi formally defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Governor Samuel Ortom made the announcement during a meeting with elected local government chairmen and councillors at the Government House Makurdi. He finally disclosed why he resigned as a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Governor Samuel Ortom said the state chapter has continued to launch an attack on him despite the intervention of APC national leadership. The governor noted that 10 out of the 17 state lawmakers elected on the platform of the APC are ready to follow him to PDP. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state who resigned as a member of the state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) disclosed that he decided to take the action because the party continued to launch attacks on him.
Angry youths had earlier blocked him from traveling to Abuja to attend the APC reconciliation meeting.
The governor has been a subject of speculations recently on his stance in the ruling party following disagreement with the party leaders both at state and national levels.
NPBS gathered that the Governor made the declaration of his defection during a meeting with local government chairmen and councillors at the new banquet hall of Government House, Makurdi. It was learnt that thirteen local government chairmen and 276 councillors were in attendance. The governor said: “The state chapter has continued to launch an attack on me. Despite the intervention of APC national leadership.
In a letter of resignation, dated Wednesday, July 18, 2018, addressed to the state chairman of the party, he claimed the APC controlled federal government did not represent the interests and yearnings of the people of the state. Senator Lanre Tejuoso back to All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole not jittery about R-APC joining PDP
The APC which controls the government at the center does not represent the yearnings and aspirations of the people of Benue state, he said. He regretted the unprovoked killings of rural farmers by herdsmen and the displacement of farmlands and the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in the state. He added that some of the reckless comments by top political appointees of the federal government had exacerbated the killings.
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