After much dillydally, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Wednesday finally announced his resignation from the ruling Party, All Progressives Congress, APC.
Mr. Ortom disclosed this in a Statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Tever Akase.
The governor, according to his spokesman, has now joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
This Comes barely Hours after 37 House of Reps members and 14 Senators dumped the APC for opposition parties, with PDP as the majority beneficiary.
Speaking during a meeting with local government chairmen and Councillors at the new banquet hall of Government House, Makurdi, Ortom boasted that 10 out of the 17 state lawmakers elected on the platform of the All Progressive Congress were ready to follow him to PDP.
On why he is leaving the APC, he said: “The state chapter has continued to launch an attack on me despite APC leadership intervention.
“This morning, I had wanted to go to Abuja to attend the meeting but some youths in the state refused, they asked me to go back.
“But let me formally inform this gathering that I have forwarded my resignation letter from the APC to the chairman of my council ward and he has promised to join me in the new party.”
The 13 council chairmen and leaders of the legislative council in attendance promised to follow the governor to the new party to ensure his re-election aspiration.