The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is happy and no longer shocked that it lost a Governor to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, dumped the APC few days ago and now the story has changed.

The Chairman of the ruling party, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, is expressing joy over the situation and also asking questions that suggest the bell of corruption could dangle around the Governor any time soon. 

He says his exit is a relief for the party. 

“I am relieved as national chairman, and I believe that the leadership of the party in Benue is also relieved that Ortom has left the party and returned to the club he belongs.

“We now have a clean platform to search for a clean and credible candidate from Benue, a candidate that can provide leadership that the great people of Benue state deserves.

"And not someone who seeks to make political capital out of human graves and celebrating the death of his own people,”he said.

Governor Ortom had raised concerns over the killings in his state, carried out by persons suspected to be herdsmen. The governor had also expressed worries that he had spent so much on tackling security challenges. 

At some point, he accused the Federal Government of not showing much concern over issue, but Mr Oshiomhole raised questions about how he spent allocations to the state. 

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The Chairman of the APC condemned killings by any criminal whether in Benue state or any other part of the country.

He said that the APC accepts that government’s responsibility must be to protect lives and properties, but stressed that the party would condemn in strong terms anyone in government that seeks to get political capital from the shedding of blood.

On the part that Mr Ortom has returned to, Oshimhole described it as a “club whose philosophy is to share the money and not develop communities”.  


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According to him the Governor of Benue State became a Governor without participating in the process of the party’s formation.

“He became a candidate by accident and the lesson for our party is that never again should anyone become a candidate on our platform by accident.

“It has to be by conscious choice, my aim is that we will have a political party that is defined by clear cut ideology and people will join or abstain from joining on the premise of conviction,”he said.

The Chairman of the APC then raised concerns, saying it is unfortunate that while President Muhammadu Buhari has been to other states in the federation to commission projects, there has been none to commission in Benue.

This, Oshiomhole said, was so because Gov. Ortom  had not developed any project since he assumed office, adding that this was one of the complaints the Benue APC leaders brought against him.

The APC national chairman also accused Governor Ortom of making political gain on the security situation in his state, after allegedly spending heavily on security.

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He added that the governor’s, claim of spending so much on security in the state raises more questions,as the people were more and more insecure even when Ortom claimed that he had spent 22 billion Naira received from the Federal Government on security.

Oshiomhole said he felt scandalised watching Gov. Ortom on television saying he had to leave the APC because the party could not protect the state.

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