Gov. Ortom dumps APC over leadership tussle with Akume


Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has dumped the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The governor announced the decision at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, while swearing in his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe.

Explaining the reasons behind his action, the governor said he has been sent out of APC and is currently exploring a new option to actualize his future ambition.

The governor has not, however, announced the party he will be joining, saying only that he is consulting with relevant stakeholders and will soon announce his next move.

“As for party, I have been given a red card and I’m outside the pitch. So, if I have been given a red card and I’m standing outside, I’m a free man,

“So, I don’t know what will happen next; but I’m waiting. If approached, then I will tell the Benue people that I’m joining another football club,” he said.

The governor expressed the belief that the challenges facing the state will soon come to an end.

“Many people have been wondering that though we dedicated the state to God, we are still facing challenges; but all these challenges that we see today, we shall see them no more.”

Governor Ortom urged his newly appointed special adviser to justify the confidence reposed in him through hardwork and commitment to duty and to imbibe the core values of his administration which include transparency, accountability, justice and equity.

Meanwhile, Governor Ortom and Senator George Akume has been summoned to Abuja by the Party’s Deputy national Chairman, Mr, Lawan Shuaibu over crisis in the Leadership crisis in Benue state.

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