The Governor of Benue State, Gov. Samuel Ortom, has described the News report about his purported plan to leave the All Progressive Congress (APC) was false, misleading and handiwork of detractors playing politics with the blood of the people.
Mr Terver Akase, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, denied denied nurturing any plan to dump the All Progressives Congress, adding that the governor enjoys cordial working relationship with other leaders of the party both at the local, state and national levels.
”We read a report in a national daily of today which named Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom as one of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders planning to defect to another political party.
”The report which is obviously sponsored is not only false but also misleading. Governor Ortom has no intention to leave APC for another party and has not consulted anyone on the matter.” He said.
Naija News understands that he stated that the governor was focus on delivering greater benefits of democracy to his people including tackling the security challenges confronting them.
While appreciating President Muhammadu Buhari for his effort in curtailing the herdsmen/farmer crisis, the statement insist that the governor would not stop at nothing in seeking justice and the end to the wanton killings and attacks in his state.
According to the statement, the governor is fully aware that the killings in Benue began during the past PDP-led administrations in the state.
”It must be noted that the killings predate the APC as a party and the present administration. The governor’s focus is on solving the problem in collaboration with other stakeholders.”
“Fortunately, President Buhari has responded positively by sending troops and other security operatives to chase away the armed militia from Benue communities.” he said.
The statement further dismissed insinuations that Ortom had fallen out of favour with other leaders of APC in Benue, including Sen. George Akume.
“The report is aimed at creating acrimony between the Governor and the Senator.
”Governor Ortom was popularly elected to lead Benue State and he has demonstrated uncommon commitment and selflessness in justifying the confidence reposed in him.
“He, will therefore, not be distracted by baseless reports and rumour of defection.
”What is of greater concern to the governor now, is how to stop the killings in the state and also tackle the humanitarian crisis that displaced nearly 500,000 people.’’ he added.
The statement also assured that state and federal government are working to ensure the rehabilitation and resettlement of IDPs in the state.