- Governor Ortom has claimed some PDP governors who defected to the APC did so to avoid prosecution by the EFCC
- The Benue state governor boasted that the defections would not jeopardise the PDP's chances of taking over in 2023
- According to Ortom, the APC's alleged poor performance will give the PDP the edge to emerge the ruling party in the next general elections
Makurdi, Benue state - Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue state, has claimed that some governors and other members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) because they are scared of the prosecution by the EFCC.
Leadership newspaper reported that the governor made the allegation during an interview with newsmen at the Makurdi Airport while returning from a trip to Oyo state where he visited Governor Seyi Makinde to commission his projects.
He expressed confidence that the defections would not have any adverse effect on the fortunes of the opposition party, New Telegraph also reported.
Governor Ortom said now that Nigerians have tested the PDP and the APC, they do not need a prophet from heaven to tell them which party to vote for in 2023.
The Benue state governor who was once a member of the APC claimed that ruling party has performed below average.
“I have been in Politics since 1982, and there is nothing I don’t know in this game, so most of the people decamping now are afraid of the EFCC, as you know, the former APC chairman Adams Oshiomole once announced it publicly that anyone who decamp to APC his or her sins are forgiven, but for me I am not in for any kangaroo forgiveness of sin, that is why I am always advising my people to do the right thing."
Governor Ortom said in the end, no one will stop the EFCC from prosecuting whoever commits fraud.
He noted that it is better for him to go back to his village as a farmer than to get involved in anything that will land him in trouble.
The two PDP governors who recently joined the APC are Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state and Ben Ayade of Cross River state.
Meanwhile, Governor Ayade on Thursday, June 3, stated that he still respects the PDP for what the party did for him even after joining the APC.
Ayade made this known to State House correspondents after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The governor insisted that he left the opposition party for the sake of President Buhari, conceding however that the main opposition party made him what he is.