Hours after a meeting with the leadership of ruling APC in Abuja and affirming his loyalty to the party, the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has declared that he is leaving the All Progressives Congress, APC, for good.
Addressing members of OnTiv Professionals Association at Benue Governor’s Lodge, Abuja on Friday, Mr Ortom said he would soon announce his “exit from the party”.
“I can assure you and the good people of Benue that there is no going back on my decision to exit from the APC,” he told his visitors.
“At the appropriate time in the next few weeks, I would make my next move public.”
On Monday, last week 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.
“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.”
Party chairman Adams Oshiomhole then eulogised Mr Ortom as principled politician who would not go back to the party he left three years ago.
With Mr Orotom’s latest utterances, the governor may likely dump the ruling APC for the PDP.