BY PETER DURU, Makurdi
Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue state yesterday reacted to an allegation by the former Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Dr. Samuel Ortom, that he was shoved out of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, describing the statement as baseless and untrue.
Suswam insisted that “Ortom defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC, at his own volition because he is desperate for power.”
Suswam who spoke yesterday in Makurdi, the state capital, was reacting to the claim by the former Minister at a rally in Makurdi, where he alleged that he was ill-treated and pushed out of the ruling party,
Suswam explained that “the PDP held transparent primaries here in Makurdi in public glare and Terhemen Tarzoor emerged winner without any form of interference whatsoever.
“In that contest Ortom came a distant third and within hours he jumped ship and picked the governorship nomination forms of the opposition APC.”