Ortom dumps PDP for APC
The immediate past Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Samuel Ortom, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The defection of Ortom makes it the second chieftain of the party from the state that has defected to the APC in the last one week. Gemade had earlier defected and picked the senatorial ticket for Benue North East on APC platform.
He immediately followed the resignation by picking the APC governorship form and submitting it to the party officials same day.
However, early Thursday morning, Ortom’s posters bearing the APC logo flooded the streets of Makurdi, even as he is billed to take part in the APC governorship primaries that was about to commence yesterday (Thursday) as at the time of compiling this report.
Close sources to Ortom told Daily Independent that the former minister was contemplating joining the Labour Party (LP) to realize his ambition until the APC gave him “a better deal.”
He explained that the APC started talking to Ortom shortly after the PDP ward congress in the state.
The source said even though if Ortom had opted for LP, the committee that was set up by supporters of the former minister to find an alternative platform to realize his ambition had insisted on the APC.
Meanwhile, a member of the House of Representatives representing Kwande/Ushongo of Benue, Benjamin Aboho, has again defected to the LP.
He had earlier this year defected from the APC to PDP but after he lost out at the PDP primaries to return to the lower legislation house, he defected to the LP on Wednesday where he is expected to pick the ticket.
Aboho had lost to Bob Tyough, another party stalwart, in the constituency at the PDP primaries held last Saturday.