The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, says the party was relieved that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Speaking with newsmen on Friday, he said, “I am relieved as national chairman, and I believe that the leadership of the party in Benue is also relieved that Ortom has left the party and returned to the club he belongs.
“We now have a clean platform to search for a clean and credible candidate from Benue, a candidate that can provide leadership that the great people of Benue state deserves.
“And not someone who seeks to make political capital out of human graves and celebrating the death of his own people.”
Oshiomhole added that as a party, the APC condemns killings by any criminal whether in Benue state or any other part of the country.
He said that the APC accepts that government’s responsibility must be to protect lives and properties but will condemn in strong terms anyone in government that seeks to get political capital from the shedding of blood.
The APC National Chairman accused Ortom of ineptitude in the discharge of his duties as chief security officer of his state and insisted that Ortom got the party’s ticket “on a platter of gold”.
He stated that this was especially so, because the governor never participated during the process of the party’s formation.
“He (Ortom) became a candidate by accident and the lesson for our party is that never again should anyone become a candidate on our platform by accident.
“It has to be by conscious choice, my aim is that we will have a political party that is defined by clear cut ideology and people will join or abstain from joining on the premise of conviction,” Oshiomhole said.
He added that it was unfortunate that while President Muhammadu Buhari had been to other states in the federation to commission projects, there has been none to commission in Benue state.
The APC national chairman also accused Ortom of making political gain on the security situation in his state, after allegedly spending heavily on security.
He said that the Benue governor when asked to defend himself following the accusations against him, could not give reasonable explanation.
“Whereas the President and Vice President had visited other states to commission projects, they had only visited Benue on condolence visits.
“It is okay to lament that there is no federal presence. Where is the explanation for the absence of projects in Benue state?
“Ortom’s argument is that he had diverted a lot of funds to security issues,” Oshiomhole said.