Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue State, has finally ended speculations about his party leaning by formally defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ortom made the announcement at the Benue State Government House on Wednesday afternoon during a meeting with local government councilors.
He was originally scheduled to attend a reconciliatory meeting with Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the APC, and other leaders of the party in Abuja in continuation of the party’s efforts to convince him to stay.
However, this could not happen, as youth besieged the Government House and blocked its entrance, consequently preventing him from attending a reconciliatory meeting called by APC leaders in Abuja.
In mid-July, Ortom announced that he had been red-carded by the party and had become free to join another party of his choice. Days later, after meeting with Oshiomhole, he made a U-turn, saying he was still “flying the APC flag”.
A second about-face was to come few days later, when he said his decision to leave the APC was final.