APC Express Shock At Gov Ortom’s Defection
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says the defection of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State from the party is “somewhat surprising.”
Reacting to the defection through its National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, the APC recalled the efforts made by the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to address some of the grievances raised by the Benue State Governor pertaining to the local politics in Benue State.
Abdullahi, in a statement signed and issued in Abuja on Wednesday, stated that the governor left the meeting, saying he was satisfied with the assurances given by party leaders.
“We are still working on giving effect to the resolutions from the meeting. Therefore, we are somewhat surprised by Governor Ortom’s decision,” the statement further read.
The party, which reiterated its earlier position that it respected the rights of every citizen to choose their political affiliation, however, expressed hopes that those who had left the party would rescind their decisions.
“Even with this development, we don’t think it is too late for reconciliation. We have to continue to talk. As long as people keep their minds open and have the courage to put the real issues on the table, reconciliation is still possible,” read the statement.
The APC further called on members across the country to remain calm as the party leadership continued to work hard to position the party ‘strongly’ for the next general elections.