The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has reacted to the report that he is planning to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.
The Governor in a statement released through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, stated that he enjoys good relations with the party’s leaders and members at the state and national levels.
Ortom stated that the reason for his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari was to discuss state matters and to give an update on the security situation in the state and the effort of the Government to guarantee peace in all parts of the state as well as states sharing a border with them.
“We wish to advise those spreading the rumour and misleading people to know that President Buhari is not an APC President. He is the President of the whole Nigeria across party divides. He is the Commander-in-Chief of the country’s armed forces and receives periodic briefings from State Governors and other stakeholders.”
“The Benue electorate has also indicated clearly from the results of the last general election that the PDP remains their preferred political party. Governor Ortom always stands with his people and this, he will continue to do.”
“Politics is over. Now is time for governance to ensure that development gets to the people. We advise those making unfounded speculations and fanning embers of discord to allow Governor Ortom and President Buhari to synergise where possible and concentrate on strategizing to ensure the security of lives and property as well as general welfare of the people.”