- Governor Samuel Ortom has dismissed reports suggesting he is on his way back to the APC
- The governor said he has no reason or plan to leave the PDP
- Governor Ortom said he enjoys a robust relationship with other PDP leaders and members at the state and national levels
The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has debunked media reports suggesting that he is on his way back to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor said he has no reason or plans to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Governor Ortom made the clarification via a statement sent to Legit.ng by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase on Tuesday, May 14.
Part of the statement read: “We have read reports insinuating that Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom plans to leave the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and return to All Progressives Congress, APC.
“Such unfounded insinuations have grown stronger since the governor's visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday.
“We wish to categorically state that Governor Ortom has no reason and no plan to leave PDP.
“As leader of the party in the state, the governor enjoys a robust relationship with other PDP leaders and members at the state and national levels.
“The Benue electorate has also indicated clearly from the results of the last general election that the PDP remains their preferred political party. Governor Ortom always stands with his people and this, he will continue to do.
“We wish to advise those spreading the rumour and misleading people to know that President Buhari is not an APC president. He is the resident of the whole Nigeria across party divides. He is the Commander-in-Chief of the country's armed forces and receives periodic briefings from state governors and other stakeholders.”
Akase said Governor Ortom's visit to the the Presidential Villa was to discuss state matters particularly to give the president an update on the security situation in his state.
He also said Governor Ortom briefed the president on the state government's efforts to guarantee peace in all parts of Benue as well as its borders with other states such as Taraba and Ebonyi.
“Politics is over. Now is time for governance to ensure that development gets to the people. We advise those making unfounded speculations and fanning embers of discord to allow Governor Ortom and President Buhari to synergise where possible and concentrate on strategizing to ensure the security of lives and property as well as general welfare of the people,” the statement concluded.
Meanwhile, Governor Ortom on Monday, May 13, said workers in his state deserve to earn more than the new minimum wage of N30, 000.
He, however, said that he was constrained by scarce resources and that he was blocking all financial loopholes to ensure that the state meets up with its financial responsibility.
Governor Ortom stated this while finding questions from State House correspondents after meeting behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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