By Peter Duru, Makurdi
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has clarified the insinuations and reports that he had rescinded his decision to dump the All Progressives Congress, APC. He explained that he was misrepresented and insisted that he would abide by the decision of Benue people on the matter.
The Governor who spoke yesterday in Makurdi shortly after arriving from Abuja where he held discussions with the national leadership of the party said, “I was very clear on what I said after my meeting with the National Chairman of the APC. Unfortunately, I was misinterpreted and also misrepresented in the media.
“After that meeting I said the discussion was ongoing, no decision was taken. It was just a request for them to hear from me and that was done and further consultations will take place.
“All these are happening but at the end of the day it is what the Benue people tell me that I will do, that was the point I made yesterday and I still stand by that. Even before now, that has been my position and I have not changed that position.
“I am surprised to hear comments and write ups that I have made a U-turn. Made a you turn for what? I still remain where I was before I met them.
“The National Chairman invited me and it would have been a dishonour not to accept the invitation. They heard from me and the other side and I believe that at the appropriate time, maybe I would be called again.
“But like I said, it will depend on what the people of the state decide because I am not alone in this journey. They are doing their consultations and I am also doing my consultations and if any decision is to be taken I will let everybody know, it is as simple as that, nothing has changed.
“The whole thing is that for now I have not defected to any party, I am in the APC but I said I was given a red card, so when you are given a red card by the leader of the party in Benue state you stay outside the pitch, that is where I remain.
“But the national leadership told me that they are the superior authority on matters of APC in Nigeria, so they have decided to delve into the matter.”
Explaining further, the Governor said, “As to whether the red card is quashed is a different thing, until I hear from them. As for now I still remain where I am. I have not gone to any other place. If I’m to make that decision I’ll carry the Benue people along and they would decide on what we should do. For now that is where I am.