Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has dumped the ruling political All Progressives Congress (APC) on which platform he was elected governor.
Ortom disclosed this on Monday, at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, while swearing in his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe.
Explaining the reasons behind his action, the governor said he has been “given a red card” by the APC and is now “standing outside the pitch”. He also disclosed he is currently exploring a new option to actualise his future ambition.
The governor has not, however, announced the party he will be joining, saying only that he is consulting with relevant stakeholders and will soon announce his next move.
“As for the party, I have been given a red card and I’m outside the pitch. So, if I have been given a red card and I’m standing outside, I’m a free man,” he said.
“So, I don’t know what will happen next; but I’m waiting. If approached, then I will tell the Benue people that I’m joining another football club,” he added.
The governor, speaking about the challenges confronting the state, expressed the belief that it will soon come to an end.
“Many people have been wondering that though we dedicated the state to God, we are still facing challenges; but all these challenges that we see today, we shall see them no more.”
When contacted about the development on Monday, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Terve Akase, said the APC sent the governor away from the party and he’s officially looking for a new party to join.
He said, “He has not dumped the APC, it’s the APC that has sent him away. That’s official. The APC has sent him away, that’s the true position.
“He is yet to make up his mind on which other platform to join. He has just told Benue people that he has just been sent away from the APC. In other words, he has been given a red card so he’s looking for another club to join and very soon he’ll make his decision known to the people.”
Meanwhile, Governor Ortom urged his newly appointed special adviser to justify the confidence reposed in him through hard work and commitment to duty and to imbibe the core values of his administration which include transparency, accountability, justice and equity.