July 16, 2018

Grazing Law: I am partyless, declares Gov. Ortom

Pension, Gov. Ortom, PDP

File: Governor Ortom: Open grazing: Benue law and the option before South Eastern states


By Peter Duru

Makurd- .At last, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, Monday, declared that he has left the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and was considering pitching tent with another political party in due time to run for a second term in office.

He said his decision was premised on the fact the ruling party gave him “a red card” for standing and speaking the truth on matters that directly affected the people of the state promising to always stand for the truth and people.

The Governor who made this known during the inauguration of his new Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe in Makurdi said “that is the more reason why we all need to come together as a people and not allow political party or ethnicity divide us.”

Continuing, the Governor said, “many people have been asking that after dedicating the state to God we are still facing challenges, but I know that the God that saw the Israelites pass through the wilderness, and took them to the promised land will also see us through our difficult times.

“I know one thing, all these challenges that we see today, we shall see them no more. All that we are required to do is not to begin to be wayward in our conduct but to move to the righteous side of God. Once we do that, things will work out for our good.

“Looking at what is happening to us, sometimes am tempted to think that we are dying like people who do not have God.

“But we must choose the path of working with God, obeying and serving him. If we do that and ensure that his values get into our hearts and we work with him, development will be inevitable. Let us work and encourage those things that can develop us.

“As for party, I have been given red card and I’m outside the pitch. So, if I have been given red card and I’m standing outside, I’m a free man.

“So I don’t know what will happen next but I’m waiting. If others approach me, then I will tell the Benue people that I’m joining another football club. I’m a child of destiny and it’s only God that will decide what I will be,” Governor Ortom added.

Recall that Vanguard had weeks back reported plots by a powerful APC block in connivance with forces in Abuja to deny the Governor the ticket of the party over his stance and insistence on implementing and enforcing the Benue grazing law which came into effect in the state since November 1.