Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue state, has rebutted the insinuation that he was planning to ditch the All Progressives Congress. The governor said the killings in his state predates the APC-led federal government and couldn’t be a reason for him to leave his party.
“There is no cause to warrant his (Ortom) defection to another party. It must be noted that the killings predate the APC as a party and the present administration. The governor’s focus is on solving the problem in collaboration with other stakeholders”, said Terver Akase, Ortom’s Chief Press Secretary in a statement he issued. Akase added: “Fortunately, President Buhari has responded positively by sending troops and other security operatives to chase away the armed militia from Benue communities.”
The statement also said there was no rift between the governor and Benue leaders including Sen. George Akume.
“The report is aimed at creating acrimony between the Governor and the Senator”, the statement said.
”What is of greater concern to the governor now is how to stop the killings in the state and also tackle the humanitarian crisis that displaced nearly 500,000 people.’’