The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, just can’t make up his mind.
This week alone, he has said he no longer belongs to the ruling APC, he has met with leaders of the PDP including party chairman Uche Secondus, he has met with leaders of the APC including party chairman Adams Oshiomhole, and he has also said he is no longer leaving the APC.
At the heart of Ortom’s confusion is his personal interest. The governor wants a party where his return ticket is guaranteed – no matter what the party is called. Due to the interference and overbearing influence of Benue Senator George Akume (a former governor), it looked like his return was unlikely on the APC platform. But now that the APC leadership led by chairman, Oshiomhole, seem to have assured him of a ticket, he is reconsidering staying put in the ruling party.
“I was given a red card by a Senator but the leadership of the party told me that the decision of the party leadership at the national level is superior to any individual and I think that is good enough,” Ortom said after meeting Oshiomhole at the APC Headquarters in Abuja.
“We have spoken to him, he has spoken to me, stakeholders are going to be spoken to and that is where I belong. We have not concluded the matter, it is an ongoing process because I have always stood for peace and I always want peace to prevail.
“I appreciate the intervention and I hope that we would be able to resolve the matter of differences and this is the funny thing about politics. I am here in APC, a member of APC, I’m still flying the flag of APC and I only said I was given a red card but I have been corrected by the national chairman.”
The next one month would be crucial for the governor and all other APC politicians still undecided about moving to the PDP. As the primary season picks up steam, any delay could be costly.