Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State was absent from a meeting called by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The meeting was aimed at reconciling the governor with his erstwhile godfather Senator George Akume.

Akume was, however, at the meeting presided over by the party’s Deputy National Chairman, Senator Lawal Shuaibu.

While Shuaibu met with Akume, Ortom was in Ilorin, Kwara State, meeting with Senate President , Bukola Saraki.

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Ortom's meeting with Saraki was also attended by his Rivers and Kwara States counterpart, Nyesom Wike and Abdulfatah Ahmed.

Details of the meeting in Ilorin was not disclosed but it might not be unconnected with the political realignment going on across the political parties.

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Ortom had on Tuesday shocked the ruling party when he tacitly announced his resignation from the APC.

The governor said the party had given him a red card and was available to be contacted by other parties, as the 2019 general election draws nearer.

But, Shuaibu, who has been charged to explore means of resolving the leadership tussle between the two political bigwigs in Benue,expressed hope that a solution would still be found to the crisis in spite of Ortom’s absence.

He stated that the party would not sit by and allow such dispute to tear its members in the state apart.

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