……Oshiomhole Reacts says “Governor Ortom ….has said to me one on one that he will not leave the APC unless he was pushed out”.
The Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday, tactically announced his exit from the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying the party has given him a red card to quit, adding that he is now floating and waiting for any party that would admit him into its fold.
“As for party, I have been given red card and I am outside the pitch. So, if I have been given red card and I am standing outside, I am a free man. I don’t know what will happen next, but I am waiting.
If one approaches me, then I will tell Benue people that I am joining another football club. I am a child of destiny and it’s only God that will decide where I will be,” the governor said.
Ortom, who spoke in Makurdi, Benue State capital, shortly after swearing in a new Special Adviser on Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Shimbe, said the red card from APC would enable him to join any political party that has an ideology worthy of being adopted by his administration.
Reacting, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, dismissed the claim by Governor Samuel Ortom that he was given a “red card” by the party.
Oshiomhole told reporters at the APC secretariat, after a meeting of the National Working Committee that the governor had assured him on several occasions that he would not be leaving the party.
According to Oshiomhole, “We get such rumours everyday on things that didn’t happen, but that is the beauty of the present situation.
“I know that Governor Ortom is a very senior member of the party and he has said so repeatedly in print and has said to me one on one that he will not leave the APC unless he was pushed out.
“I have since assumed chairmanship of this party along with my colleagues in the NWC and I know of a fact that we have not shut out any governor and certainly not Governor Ortom.”