The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom on Monday dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC, stating that he was rather sent packing from the party and is now exploring a new political platform to actualise his future ambition.
He spoke at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi while swearing in his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe.
The Governor said, “I’ve been given ‘red card’ and may soon join new ‘club”, stressing that he would soon make his next move known to Benue people as he was consulting with relevant stakeholders.
According to him, “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.”
Ortom charged the people of Benue to remain united and not allow party or ethnicity cause division among them, stressing that God who helped him to win in 2015 is well able to see him through in the coming general elections.
“Let party or ethnicity not divide us. I’m a child of destiny and it’s only a 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,” he said.
The Governor however charged the new appointee to justify the confidence reposed in him through hardwork and commitment to duty and to imbibe the core values of his administration which include transparency, accountability, justice and equity.
Ortom stated that Mr. Torshimbe’s appointment was based on his capacity to serve especially at a critical time like this, even as he charged him to reach out to all.
The Special Adviser while pledging to justify the confidence reposed in him, also promised to give his best for good governance at the third tier of government and to reposition the traditional institution in the state.
He solicited the support of all to enable him succeed in his new assignment.