- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has announced that he is no longer with the ruling APC
- Ortom revealed that the ruling party had given him the red card
- The governor, however, did not yet disclose the party he is heading to
Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday, July 16, disclosed that he has been sent out of his present political party, All Progressives Congress (APC), and is currently exploring a new option to actualise his future ambition.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com and signed by Terver Akase, chief press secretary to the governor, Ortom stated this at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi while swearing in his special adviser on local government and chieftaincy affairs, Jerome Torshimbe.
He noted that he was consulting with relevant stakeholders, stressing that he would soon make his next move known to Benue people.
Governor Ortom charged the new appointee to justify the confidence reposed in him through hard-work and commitment to duty and to imbibe the core values of his administration which include transparency, accountability, justice and equity.
The governor stated that Torshimbe's appointment was based on his capacity to serve especially at a critical time like this, even as he charged him to reach out to all.
The special adviser while pledging to justify the confidence reposed in him, also promised to give his best for good governance at the third tier of government and to reposition the traditional institution in the state. He solicited the support of all to enable him succeed in his new assignment.
NAIJ.com had previously reported that Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, on Tuesday, July 10 said that he is still a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
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Ortom refuted media reports that he planned to defect to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
There had been speculations that Ortom is leaving the APC to pursue his second term governorship ambition on the platform of another party.
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