- APC chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, declines to respond to unverified reports about Governor Ortom’s defection
- He says the party has not shut any governor out
- Ortom's PDP posters flood Makurdi as governor shuns APC leaders
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has said the party has at no time shut out Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state from its fold.
Oshiomhole in a report in Leadership dated Wednesday, July 18, insisted that Ortom remains a member of the APC having restated his allegiance to the party in the media.
The APC chairman, however, declined to respond to unverified reports about Ortom’s defection, saying he could not respond to issues on the basis of rumour.
“I have since assumed chairmanship of this party along with my colleagues in the NWC and I know of a fact that we have not shut out any governor and certainly not governor Ortom. And in these days of social media, I will not be responding on the basis of rumor and unverified reports,” Oshiomhole said
"In fact, talking about unconfirmed sources, on Saturday, I was in Lagos to honour an appointment that had been booked for over the past six months and I felt obliged to honour that appointment and yet some of these merchants of untruth and fabricators of fake news posted all sorts of stories including one of which I was being interviewed in Ekiti.
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“I was only there in Monday to address Labour leaders and on Tuesday, to participate in the grand finale of the campaigns of which Mr President was there and I left Ekiti that same day on the same aircraft."
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state on Tuesday, July 17, shunned the invitation by the leadership of the APC for a meeting to reconcile him with his erstwhile political godfather, Senator George Akume.
This is posters of the governor crest with the logo of the PDP flooded the state capital, Makurdi, on the same day.
Akume was, however, at the meeting presided over by the party’s deputy national chairman (north), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, who expressed hope that a solution would still be found to the crisis in spite of Governor Ortom’s absence.
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