Governor Samuel Ortom has said he will not join the All Progressives Congress after defecting from the People’s Democratic Party ahead of the 2019 governor’s election in Benue state.
The governor, who won his second term on the PDP platform, said he declined the invitation to join the APC after being contacted by notable figures.
In a statement signed by his chief press secretary Terver Akase, Ortom said he has strong relationships with other party leaders in Benue state and throughout the north-central region.
“We have read some mischievous statements by members of the opposition in Benue State insinuating that Gov. Samuel Ortom plans to rejoin All Progressives Congress.
“Those involved in the impish allegation are clearly doing so to soothe their stuck-up apprehensions.
“Why will Gov. Ortom return to APC? To do what?
“It is true that the governor was contacted by some notable persons to defect from Peoples Democratic Party, but he declined the invitation.
“Gov Ortom is the leader of PDP in North Central Nigeria, and he is enjoying a robust relationship with other leaders of the party in Benue State and the entire region.
“It is, therefore, ridiculous for anyone to insinuate that the governor has the intention to leave PDP.”