Ortom becomes first APC governor to defect
Finally, the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for his former party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ortom made the announcement on Wednesday at a meeting with local government chairmen and councillors in Government House, Makurdi.
He becomes the first APC governor to have defected a day after some members of the National Assembly dumped the ruling party.
Reports from reaching Apex News from Makurdi say that earlier in the day, hundreds of youths prevented Ortom from meeting with the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
They blocked the entrance to the Government House and urged the governor to defect.
On Monday, July 16, the governor has ceased to be a member of APC following what he called “a red card” given to him.
He was then swearing in the new Special Adviser on Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Jerome Shimbe.
Few days later, the governor said the “red card” was given to him by a former governor of the state, Senator George Akume.
But the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, had explained that nobody gave the governor any “red card.”
According to him, the governor promised him he will not leave the APC unless he was asked to do so.