I’m not joining APC - Ortom refutes defection claims

Samuel Ortom

Former Governor Samuel Ortom

The immediate past governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has refuted reports of his defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Speaking at the expanded executive meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday, Ortom said he’s still a member of the party.

According to Ortom: “The rumours that I’m decamping to APC, I’m not going anywhere; this one that they are calling me the leader of the party in the state which comes with lots of responsibilities, I will not leave it for anybody.

“APC has not invited me to join it. I am not a busybody who will be moving from one place to another, I am committed to my party (PDP). We must respect the party at all times. Let us strategise to return to power. Now is the time to plan, we must plan ahead of them as they did in 2023.”

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Ortom also dismissed claims of having friction with former governor Gabriel Suswam and Senator Abba Moro.

“PDP is the only party that is strong and receptive to the yearnings of the people. With our new commitment, we will make the party more vibrant for tomorrow.

“We shall succeed in future elections. I do not have any friction with Moro and Suswam,” he added.

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