Fidelity bank card banner Camano banner
I’m no longer in APC, Gov. Ortom insists

By Rose Ejembi, Makurdi on 21/07/2018

Views: 1,130

•Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom
•Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has declared that he stands by his initial claim that he is no longer in the All Progressives Congress (APC) as he has been served a red card by the party leadership in his state. He said he awaits the decision of the Benue people to know his next line of action.

The governor who spoke to newsmen in Makurdi shortly after he returned from Abuja where he had gone to meet with the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomole on Friday said if the Benue people ask him to leave the party, he would not hesitate to leave as the people have the final say in the matter.

“For now, where I stand is that I have not defected to any political party. I remain outside the pitch because I have been given a red card by the leader of the party in the state. As to whether the red card is quashed is a different thing until I hear from them. I have not gone to any other place. But if the Benue people ask me to leave APC, I will leave.”

Ortom who expressed dismay that he was being misquoted as double-speaking on the matter said he stood by his initial statement that the leader of the party in Benue, Senator George Akume gave him a red card from the party and that he is now outside the pitch waiting for the next line of action.

He said his meeting with the APC National Chairman was to see how the issue can be resolved stressing that a final decision on the matter was yet to be reached as further consultation was still ongoing.

“If people are misrepresenting me, it’s a different thing. I met with the national chairman of APC. We are still talking. No decision was taken on anything. Further consultation is going to take place. I will do whatever the Benue people tell me to do. I have not made a u-turn.

“The National Chairman of APC invited me and it would have been dishonourable not to honour the invitation. But I’m not alone on this journey. They (APC) are doing consultation and I’m also doing consultation.” Asked about an agreement he reached with President Muhammadu Buhari and some APC leaders in 2015 that he would only run for one term, Ortom said he is not aware of such agreement, positing that as it is now, it is only the people of the state that can tell him to contest or not to contest the election. “I’m not aware of any such agreement except the Benue people ask me to step aside. I have a right as a citizen of Nigeria to run for two terms.”

Culled from Saturday Sun

Source News Express

Posted 21/07/2018 1:26:09 PM





You may also like...
Utuama lauds DELSU VC at book launch

Certificate of return: Okorocha’s suit suffers set back...

Dangote Sugar, Int’l Breweries, Fidelity Bank top 2017...

NiMet predicts cloudy, hazy skies, thundery activities on...

$321 million Abacha loot missing

79,878 candidates jostle for admission into unity colleges...

Naira Marley to be docked Monday, faces 11-count...

Nigeria, Italy sign agreement on police training, intelligence...

HURIWA seeks compensation package for heroes of Boko...

SEC anxious to restore confidence in capital market,...

INEC challenges jurisdiction of court on Okorocha’s suit...

240 migrants perish near Libya


Latest News Gambian Government invites women and girls allegedly sexually molested by ex-president Jammeh Celebration turns sour as 16 die in stadium stampede Youthful awareness II: Moral nuggets for youths Winners and losers from the 1st US 2020 Democratic debate Ramaphosa rules out privatisation of state-owned ailing SA enterprises Buratai and the fighting troops How Fulani vigilante will work in South East — Miyetti Allah Chairman Police shortlist candidates for recruitment Boko Haram kills 29 in fresh Borno onslaught Troops eliminate dozens of terrorists, recover weapons Imo: Okorocha, wife carted away 67 vehicles, ADC 5, Task Force alleges JAMB withdraws UTME results of 4 candidates


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (499,034 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (427,518 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (367,908 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (313,611 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (278,411 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (245,103 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (235,691 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (217,723 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (215,654 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (205,919 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (185,806 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (184,868 views)


NNPC 2019 National Science Quiz Competition

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (94) Business & Economy (4,328) Business Verdict (75) Columnists (1,058) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (209) Entertainment (627) Features (767) Global Business Monitor (384) ICT Monitor (53) International (3,632) Interview (185) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (162) Maggie's Blog (314) News (47,847) Opinion (1,268) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,073) Religion (1,033) Sports (2,053) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update






APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera