APC witch-hunting me for joining PDP – Ortom

Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government was persecuting him.

Ortom, who lamented that he is the only governor being probed for using security votes, described his investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as a witch-hunt.

The Governor, who addressed reporters after a state broadcast in Makurdi, said: “I am the only governor in Nigeria whose security vote is being investigated by the EFCC. Why should Benue be different if not for persecution?”

He said: “If the EFCC wanted a genuine investigation of security vote spending, it should have started from the Presidency before moving to the states, but this is not the case. I want the whole world to know that this is about persecution and a clear case of witch hunting.

“With the enormous security challenges in the state since I became governor, it is surprising that anyone would expect me to do nothing but keep the security vote in the safe.

“The security vote spending being investigated spans between 2015 and 2018, a period of grave security challenges. I reiterate that the investigation is a clear case of persecution.

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“I have not misappropriated, diverted or stolen any money; I have nothing to hide. I am sure the investigators would find nothing incriminating against me.”

Ortom, who also said he was being persecuted for enacting the Anti-Open Grazing Law and his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), wondered why he could not associate with any party of his choice.

He reiterated that he defected to the PDP because his interest and that of the people were no longer protected in the APC.

“I should be free to associate with any political party of my choice. After all, they say there are no permanent enemies in politics but permanent interests.

“At this time, the interest of Benue is not being protected by the APC and that is why I have defected. And I think for now, the PDP is best for the state,” he said.

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