- Some youths in Benue state have blocked Governor Samuel Ortom from meeting APC leaders in Abuja
- Ortom had recently said that nothing would stop him from leaving the ruling party
- The youths were said to have told Ortom to go back and sleep if he did not have any other thing to do
A coalition of Benue youths comprising of over forty groups prevented Governor Samuel Ortom from attending a scheduled meeting with the All Progressives Congress (APC), national leadership in Abuja.
NAIJ.com reported that the governor was leaving the Government House, Makurdi for the trip when they blocked his route carrying placards.
Some of the placards read "Ortom don't go back to APC," "We don't have land to donate for ranching," "APC is Miyetti party," Our farms are not for cows," You must leave APC," Ortom is our party, " and "2019: On Ortom we stand."
The spokesmen of the coalition, Terrence Kuanum, and Pastor Dave Ogbole advised the governor not to make the trip for further discussions with the APC leadership on his membership of the party but to rather look for an alternative platform.
They threatened that if he attended the meeting they would vote him out in 2019.
To underscore their anger they ordered that the APC flag should be removed from the governor's official car immediately and the Governor's driver complied.
Governor Ortom who was already on his way to Abuja for the meeting with the APC leaders pleaded with the youths to allow him attend the meeting assuring that their interest would be protected.
The youths however refused, insisting that the only option available to him was for the governor to make a u turn. He turned back with his entourage.
Governor Ortom is scheduled to meet with the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole and some other party members.
Ogbole, dared the governor to crush them and embark on his trip.
Ogbole said: “If the governor insists on travelling to Abuja for the APC meeting, he will risk losing the support of the people.”
Despite the governors’ plea to allow him attend the meeting as agreed by party members in the state, the youths stood their grounds until the governor’s convoy made a U-turn.
The youths have continued to stay guard to ensure the governor does not travel.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state declared that he is leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC) for good.
The Nation reported that Ortom told members of OnTiv Professionals Association in Abuja that he would not return to the party for any reason.
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It was gathered that he spoke a few hours after emerging from a peace meeting with the APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, where he said he had not dumped the party and had expressed hope of a peaceful resolution of the crisis in the party.
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