Atiku welcomes Ortom to PDP

Atiku welcomes Ortom to PDP

The governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, has been welcomed to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Ortom announced his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday, July 25.

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As he tweeted:

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the APC described the defection of the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, to the PDP as “somewhat surprising”.

Malam Bolaji Abudullahi, APC national publicity secretary, said this on Wednesday in Abuja, while reacting to the development.

The party recalled efforts made by its national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to address some of the grievances raised by the governor pertaining to the local politics in his state.

Recall that Governor Ortom had on July 19, assured the APC national chairman that he would remain in the party after alleging that the party’s Benue chapter gave him a “red card”. Ortom had given the assurance while speaking with newsmen after a closed-door meeting with the APC national chairman.

The governor and Senator George Akume, a former governor of the state and a serving senator, had been having a running battle over who controlled the party in the state.

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