The Deputy National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (North), Sen. Lawal Shu’aibu has summoned Sen George Akume and Gov Samuel Ortom to an urgent meeting in Abuja over the tussle for leadership of the Benue chapter of the party.
Naija News understands that the two known gladiators in the APC in Benue, Gov. Ortom and Sen. George Akume have been at loggerheads over the control of the party in the state.
It will be recalled that Naija News reported Gov. Ortom had on Monday in Makurdi shortly after swearing in a new Special Adviser on Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Jerome Shimbe, renounced his membership of APC.
According to the governor, he has ceased to be a member of the APC, following what he called “a red card” given to him.
He said the red card from APC would enable him to join any political party that has an ideology worthy of being adopted by his administration. The governor stated that the strained relationship between him and the party, under which he contested the 2015 governorship election in 2015, had left him without a party.
However, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, had on Monday in Abuja, described the alleged exit of the governor from the party as a rumour.
He further stated that Governor Ortom was yet to officially communicate his decision to dump the party, hence he wouldn’t react based on rumours.