By VICTOR NZE:
Amid reports making the rounds of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom rejoining the All Progressives Congress (APC) from his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the government has moved to dismiss the claims, describing such as ‘unfounded.’
Ortom, in a statement, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, Tuesday, said he has ‘no reason and no plan to leave PDP.’
Furthermore, the Ortom said the results of the last General Elections held across the state showed that PDP remained the ‘preferred political party’ of Benue people.
It would also be recalled that Ortom’s reported defection back to the APC was further fuelled by the state chief executive recent meeting with both President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the Vice
President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, last week.
“We have read reports insinuating that Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom plans to leave the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and return to All Progressives Congress, APC.
“Such unfounded insinuations have grown stronger since the Governor’s visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday.
“We wish to categorically state that Governor Ortom has no reason and no plan to leave PDP. As leader of the party in the state, the Governor enjoys a robust relationship with other PDP leaders and members at the state and national levels.
“The Benue electorate has also indicated clearly from the results of the last general election that the PDP remains their preferred political party. Governor Ortom always stands with his people and this, he will continue to do,” said the statement. Ortom, therefore, advised those peddling the reports to note that his meeting with the Presidency was on national matters, which
he described as ‘periodic briefings over state matters.’
“We wish to advise those spreading the rumour and misleading people to know that President Buhari is not an APC President. He is the President of the whole Nigeria across party divides. He is the Commander-in-Chief of the country’s armed forces and receives periodic briefings from State Governors and other stakeholders.
“Governor Ortom’s visit to the Presidential Villa was therefore to discuss state matters particularly to give the President an update on the security situation in his state and the efforts the Government is making to guarantee peace in all parts of the state as well as its borders with other states such as Taraba and Ebonyi. “Politics is over. Now is time for governance to ensure that development gets to the people.
We advise those making unfounded speculations and fanning embers of discord to allow Governor Ortom and President Buhari to synergise where possible and concentrate on strategizing to ensure the security of lives and property as well as general welfare of the people,” he said.