Ortom Backtracks, Says Still in APC

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has beaten a retreat after renouncing his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, saying efforts are in place to resolve the dispute.

Ortom disclosed this less than 24 hours after meeting leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara state.

The embattled Benue governor met with APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole in Abuja and spoke with journalists afterwards to confirm his stay, TheCable writes.

“I am here in APC; a member of APC. I am still flying the flag of APC. I only said I was given a red card but the leadership of the party told me that the decision of the party leadership at the national level is superior to any individual and I think that is good enough,” he said.

“Stakeholders are going to be consulted… we have not concluded the matter, it is an ongoing process because I have always stood for peace and I always want peace to prevail. I appreciate the intervention and I hope that we would be able to resolve the matter of differences and this is the funny thing about politics.”

Ortom had caused a stir when he announced his exit from the APC earlier this week saying the party had given him a ‘red card’.

It remains to be seen how he’s taken back in the party, seeing as the PDP has upped efforts at wooing aggrieved members of the APC.

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