Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, has decamped from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ortom dropped the bombshell at the banquet hall of the Government House in Makurdi on Monday while swearing in the newly appointed Special Adviser on Local Government and Cheftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe.
The embattled governor said the APC had given him ‘red card’ to quit party.
This was confirmed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, who quoted the governor as saying: “As for party, I’ve been given the red card and I’m now outside the pitch. So, if I have been given the red card and I’m standing outside, that means I’m a free man.”
While the Governor is yet to disclose his new found political party, he noted that as soon as he makes up his mind in that regard, he would convey it to the Benue people.
“I don’t know what will happen next, but I’m waiting. If others approach me, then I will tell the Benue people that I’m joining another football club.”
He enjoined people of the state to remain united and not to allow party or ethnicity cause division among them.
“Let party or ethnicity not divide us. I’m a child of destiny and it’s only God that will decide what I will be. These challenges that we see today, we shall see them no more. All that we are required to do is not to begin to be wayward in our conduct but to move to the righteous side of God. Once we do that, things will work out for our good.”