Gov. Ortom backtracks, says ‘I am still in APC’

Samuel Ortom
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

The hope of the opposition PDP has been dashed as Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, retraced his steps back to the ruling APC.

On Monday, Mr Ortom announced his defection from the APC, saying he had been red-carded out of the ruling party and was now standing outside the football pitch “as a free man”.

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

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“So I don’t know what will happen next but I’m waiting. If others approach me, then I will tell the Benue people that I’m joining another football club. I’m a child of destiny and it’s only God that will decide what I will be.”

But the governor ate back his words after meeting with the APC leadership in Abuja on Thursday.

“I am here in APC, a member of APC; I’m still flying the flag of APC and I only said I was given a red card,” he said after meeting the national leadership of APC, led by Adams Oshiomhole.

“But the leadership of the party told me that the decision of the party leadership at the national level is superior to any individual’s, and I think this is good enough. We have spoken to him, he has spoken to me; stakeholders are going to be spoken to and that is where I belong.

“We have not concluded the matter, it is an ongoing process because I have always stood for peace and I always want peace to prevail. I appreciate the intervention and I hope that we would be able to resolve the matter of differences and this is the funny thing about politics.”