By Ehi Ekhator
Benue State – The All Progressives Congress, the APC has described the defection of the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom as “somewhat surprising”.
It could be recalled that the governor had said he was satisfied with the resolution after the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole met with him to address his grievances.
Reacting to the defection, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi expressed surprise as the effort was made by the national chairman to stop him from dumping the party.
Abdullahi said. “The party recalls efforts made by the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to address some of the grievances raised by the Benue State governor pertaining to the local politics in Benue State.
“The governor had 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 party reiterates its earlier position that it respects the rights of every citizen to choose their political affiliation but expresses hope that those who have left the party will rescind their decisions.
He added that “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,” he added.