- Governor Samuel Ortom said there is no plan to leave PDP
- The Benue governor also admitted that he was invited to rejoin the ruling party APC
- Ortom promised to work for the progress and victory of PDP in 2023
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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state said he is not ready to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for his former platform, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor made this known while speaking at the PDP congress where the new state executive committee of the party was elected, putting speculations over his planned defection to rest.
Ortom admitted that he was invited by the APC but he has no plan to join due to his commitment to the growth of the opposition party.
Ortom, however, stated that his stay in PDP will be determined by the impressive performance of the newly-elected state executive committee of the party.
The Benue governor also promised to channel all his power to ensure that the PDP comes back to power at the national level in 2023.
The congress, which was also attended by former Senate president David Mark and senator representing Benue South, Abba Moro, saw John Ngbede-led executive returned.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that in the spirit of reconciliation, APC appealed to Nigeria's former vice president Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to return to the ruling party.
The party also extended the olive branch to Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, former president of the Senate Bukola Saraki, as well as other former members who defected back in 2015 till date.
According to the ruling party, the return of Senator Barnabas Gemade and the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, is proof that the efforts of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee to reconcile aggrieved members is yielding positive result.
The party’s deputy national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, said APC urges all members who left to join efforts to reposition APC and achieve its pro-people plans.
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