‘No going back on my decision to quit APC’, says Ortom

‘No going back on my decision to quit APC’, says Ortom

Friday, July 20, 2018 5:57 pm

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue State declared on Friday that there is no going back on his decision to quit the All Progressives Congress.

Speaking to members of OnTiv Professionals Association in Abuja, the governor said: “I can assure you and the good people of Benue that there is no going back on my decision to exit from the APC.”

“At the appropriate time in the next few weeks, I would make my next move public.”

While disputing the claim of the Benue chapter of APC that it was the governor that gave himself a red card after it raised  issues of his performance were raised, Ortom branded  the party a one man show in Benue.

The Nation quoted Ortom’s Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase as saying challenging members of the party to bring out facts to back their claim that they had faulted the performance of the Governor.

He said: “During the State Congress of the party at Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, it adopted the Governor as its consensus candidate. Again, the party publicly said its decision was based on the sterling stewardship of Governor Ortom within the last three years. But being the true democrat that he is, the Governor decided that other aspirants be also allowed to vie for the governorship seat to deepen internal democracy in the party.

“While Governor Ortom appreciates the platform which APC gave him to offer service to the people of Benue State, it is regrettable that the same party has now turned to demonize him for obvious selfish reasons.

“Governor Ortom has encouraged regular caucus and other stakeholders’ meetings at which he constantly gives briefings about the security and financial challenges in the state. He also gets feedback and input at such meetings.

“His successful conduct of the local government elections which APC candidates overwhelmingly won chairmanship and councillorship positions throughout the state is proof of the popularity of his administration.

“At no time did Governor Ortom ever mention that the APC in Benue State gave him a red card. He stated categorically that it was the leader of the party who said at several fora that he had given him red card and the Governor made efforts to resolve the matter within the structure of the party at the state level before going public.

“That APC in the state has issued the statement as if it is the leader of the party or as if they are one and the same, underscores Governor Ortom’s concern that the party structure in the state is out to satisfy the whims and caprices of one individual.

“It is now clear that APC in Benue State has opted to mortgage the interest of the people of the state. The party’s unprovoked attack on Governor Ortom points to where its interest lies.

“More ridiculous is the fact that APC has become a one man show in Benue State. It should be on record that the attacks on Governor are coming now because he couldn’t meet some inordinate personal ambitions and interests of those who want to perpetually shortchange the people.

“The media attack on Governor Ortom by the state chapter of APC is the beginning of the smear campaign about which we alerted Benue people and other Nigerians. More of such disparaging statements should be expected in the days to come.

“However, no amount of intimidation or personal attacks can make the Governor to abandon the people of Benue State. He has chosen to stand with the people and won’t be distracted now or in the future.”


It will be recalled that the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole had on Thursday after a meeting with the governor in Abuja said  Ortom  “is not going anywhere.”

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