– Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has finally confirmed that he was in talks with the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the possibility of dumping the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), ahead of the 2023 elections.
He has however stressed that after consultations with some of his close allies and the State Congress of the PDP, he has made up his mind to decline the offer to jump ship.
The Governor who disclosed this during the State Elective Congress of the party at Aper Aku stadium in Makurdi on Saturday, therefore said, he would communicate his decision not to leave the PDP to his “friends” in the APC.
Ortom said, “It is true that the APC has invited me to come back to APC and they are propagating that (he is leaving the PDP) and this is far from the truth.
The question which was followed by a resounding “No, no, no”, prompted the Governor to say, “So, I am comfortable with my people (PDP) and I’ll remain in PDP and I will communicate this to my friends in the APC and I will tell them that I consulted with you and you asked me not to leave.”
He also said that he was humbled by the vote of confidence passed on him by the Congress, adding, “I’ll not fail you or let you down and we shall be victorious.”
Governor Ortom also assured the party that by the grace of God, the party will sustain the gains of 2019, through to 2023, adding that the successes recorded was made possible by the support of party members.
Earlier, Ambassador Tukur Mani, Chairman of the Electoral Committee of the state congress noted that the election into the Benue State Executive Committee was suspended due to the lockdown, hence, it was deferred to August
While he noted that the election provides the opportunity to galvanise and reorganised the party in the state, he
appreciated Governor Ortom for facilitating a peaceful exercise.
He observed that the election was a family affair, and therefore, it was a no victor, no vanquished situation.