2019 election: Gov. Ortom speaks on dumping PDP again

Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom

Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom on Friday said no amount of gang-up against him within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would make him leave the party for another political party again.

There have been insinuations that the governor may defect from the PDP to the Social Democratic Party, SDP.

Ever since his defection from the All Progressives Congress, APC to the PDP, there have been some unresolved disagreement between him and the leadership of his new party over who controls the structure of the party in the state.

Speaking on behalf of the governor on Friday, his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, told reporters in Makurdi that talks between Ortom and other governorship aspirants within the PDP were still ongoing.

He said, “As l speak with you, there is no such thought (of defecting) at all. The governor has joined the PDP, he was in the PDP before he left and he has said that he has come back home. So, there is no such thought at all.

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“Ortom is a true member of the PDP and is confident of flying the PDP flag in next year’s election.

“So, why should he think about leaving the PDP? There is no reason and no cause for such thought as I speak with you. l don’t have to comment about what any aspirant is saying because the PDP I know is a big family that makes decisions to accommodate all its members.

“The party is still discussing and decisions have yet to be reached, but l know that any decision taken would not make Ortom to leave the PDP again.”

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