Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has denied claims that he would decamp from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressives Congress (APC) or any other political party.
The Governor was reacting to a recent statement credited to the State Chairman of APC, Abba Yaro, wherein he insinuated that he (Ortom) would soon be returning to the party (APC).
In a press statement on Wednesday, the Governor said he is not contemplating leaving the PDP. According to him, “the political, economic and security challenges currently facing the country cannot merely be solved by people decamping from one political party to another. What is most important at this point is for Nigerians of all walks of life to join hands and surmount the challenges confronting the nation”.
The statement added that the Governor is comfortably leading the PDP in Benue State to achieve development milestones for the people and that he remains focused on the mandate of providing good governance to all parts of the state.
The APC, responding through its acting State Publicity Secretary, James Ornguga, said the conditional statement from the APC State Chairman was not an outright announcement of Governor Ortom’s defection plans, neither was he categorical about it.
Governor Ortom had in July 2018 left the APC and returned to the PDP, after which he contested for the 2019 governorship election and won re-election.