- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state says he is not contemplating leaving the PDP
- The governor was reacting to a recent comment by the Benue APC state chairman
- The Benue state governor says he is comfortable being a member of the PDP
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Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has stated that he has no plan to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC or any other political party.
The clarification was made on behalf of the governor by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase.
Akase said the clarification became necessary owing to a recent statement credited to the Benue state chairman of APC, Comrade Abba Yaro.
Yaro had stated that Governor Ortom will soon be returning to the APC.
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Akase said: “It is pertinent to state categorically that Governor Ortom is not contemplating leaving PDP for whatever reason.
“The governor believes that the political, economic and security challenges currently facing the country cannot merely be solved by people decamping from one political party to another.
“He says 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.
“Governor Ortom is comfortably leading the PDP in Benue state to achieve development milestones for the people and he remains focused on the mandate of providing good governance to all parts of the state.”
Recall that the Benue state chapter of the PDP recently mocked Senator Barnabas Gemade for decamping to the APC.
The PDP described the move as “an exercise which is a mere charade by well known perennial political nomads.”
The party further said: “Senator Gemades's diminishing political value was highlighted by his abysmally poor performance in his senatorial re-election bid in 2019 on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), where he lost even in his native Mbawar and placed third in the race behind a political greenhorn like Mimi Orubibi, after he had junketed from APC to PDP and then to SDP all in the space of a few months.
“Senator Gemade needs to be reminded that his party SDP has not won even a single councilorship seat in all elections since he joined the party in 2019. It lost in all the polls he actively participated in last year.
“He ought to also remember that PDP won the governorship election, 3 senatorial seats out of 3, 7 House of Representatives seats of 11 and 23 Benue State House of Assembly seats out of 30.
“The party also has 23 elected council chairmen out of 23 and 276 elected councillors.”
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