I have no reason to return to APC – Benue governor, Ortom dismisses rumour of leaving PDP

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has debunked rumours that he is plotting to return to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This was disclosed in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase.

Akase clarified Ortom’s visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday was meant to update the President on the security situation in the state.

The statement read, “We wish to categorically state that Governor Ortom has no reason and no plans to leave the Peoples Democratic Party.

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“As the 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 people have also indicated clearly from the results of the last general elections that the PDP remains their preferred political party. Governor Ortom always stands with his people and this, he will continue to do.

“We wish to advise those spreading the rumour and misleading the 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. It is now 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 strategising to ensure the security of lives and property as well as general welfare of the people.”

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