Ortom, Governor of Benue, defects to PDP

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue has announced that he is dumping All Progressives Congress (APC) party for People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The governor made this announcement today, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Makurdi, while speaking to elected local government chairmen and councillors at the government house, report indicates. It happened just some hours after protesting youths in the state barred him from leaving Benue to attend the APC reconciliation meeting.

Governor Ortom’s defection to People’s Democratic Party came after various speculations that he will abandon the All Progressives Congress due to his disagreements with the state and national leadership of the party.

There were major political decisions in Benue in the last few weeks which may have had an impact on the decision of the governor to defect from APC to PDP. One of these was the sacking of over 80 percent of his cabinet members. The most recent is the impeachment of Mr Terkimbi Ikyange, the Speaker of Benue House of Assembly.

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Ganduje: I will not be surprised if Atiku shuns PDP

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the governor of Kano, has wished the former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, good luck in his political career following the recent report that he has resigned from the APC party.

He made this statement in response to the resignation statement circulating in the media since Friday.

The statement was personally signed by Atiku and it stated that he his no longer a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) party, report says.

In his resignation letter, he said he his no longer comfortable with the way APC party is running the affairs of the country hence he tenders his resignation. Atiku has not stated which party he his joining next. He is still pondering on his political career.

Ganduje said it will not be a surprise to him if the former vice president shuns the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and joins another party. He said we are in democracy era where everybody has the freedom to choose where they want to be.

Ganduje’s statement reads:

‘Atiku has his own freedom to choose whichever political party he wants to belong. He defected to the PDP. He was in the PDP before and another party, too. So, it is not surprising if he decided to go to another party.

I think in a democracy, it is like that, as people can choose where they want to be and we are not committing any crime by choosing where we want to be.’

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