Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, who has been unsatisfied with President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the killing of his people by suspected Fulani herdsmen has finally dumped the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC.
Mr. Ortom made this known on Monday while swearing in the newly appointed Special Adviser on Local Government and Cheftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe at the banquet hall of the Government House in Makurdi, saying he is no longer with the APC.
He said the APC had given him ‘red card’ to quit party. But the truth is that Mr. Ortom had remained disgruntled over the handling of the killings in his state by the APC led federal government and had long been considering leaving.
However, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, quoted the governor as saying that, “As for party, I’ve been given the red card and I’m now outside the pitch. So, if I have been given the red card and I’m standing outside, that means I’m a free man.”
The Governor is yet to decide on a new party, but promised Benue people to tell them as soon as he makes up his mind in that regard.
“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,” he was quoted as saying.
He urged the people of the state to remain united and not to allow party or ethnicity cause division among them.
“Let party or ethnicity not divide us. I’m a child of destiny and it’s only God that will decide what I will be. These challenges that we see today, we shall see them no more. All that we are required to do is not to begin to be wayward in our conduct but to move to the righteous side of God. Once we do that, things will work out for our good,” Ortom said.