Nigeria: Samuel Ortom Rescinds Decision, Remains In APC

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Nigeria: Samuel Ortom Rescinds Decision, Remains In APC

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has made a U-turn on his decision to leave the ruling party APC. His decision came after he met with the party’s new chairman Adams Oshiomole.

Speaking on his change of mind, Ortom said “I am here in APC, a member of APC; I’m still flying the flag of APC and I only said I was given a red card.” He continued by saying “But the leadership of the party told me that the decision of the party leadership at the national level is superior to any individual’s, and I think this is good enough. We have spoken to him, he has spoken to me; stakeholders are going to be spoken to and that is where I belong.

“We have not concluded the matter, it is an ongoing process because I have always stood for peace and I always want peace to prevail. I appreciate the intervention and I hope that we would be able to resolve the matter of differences and this is the funny thing about politics.”

See Also: Nigeria: Gov. Samuel Ortom Defects from APC

Ortom had on Sunday said “As for party, I have been given red card and I’m outside the pitch. So, if I have been given red card and I’m standing outside, I’m a free man,” he had said.

“So I don’t know what will happen next but I’m waiting. If others approach me, then I will tell the Benue people that I’m joining another football club. I’m a child of destiny and it’s only God that will decide what I will be.”

It is worthy of note that Ortom was one of the APC governors who had a meeting with the PDP faction. The meeting was expected to be preemptive of the defection expected next week.

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