Following the announcement of his defection from the ruling All Progressives Party (APC) by the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, the Deputy National Chairman (North) of the party, Sen. Lawal Shu’aibu has invited the embattled governor and his political godfather, Sen George Akume, for an urgent meeting in Abuja.
The two political bigwigs who were once very close are said to have fallen apart and are the main actors in the tussle for leadership of the Benue chapter of the All Progressives Congress which is said to have led to a serious disagreement leading to Ortom’s decision to leave the party.
Gov. Ortom had made the declaration at the banquet hall of the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital on Monday, July 16, during the swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe.
Ortom, had through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, announced his decision to leave the party, claiming that he was actually forced out after he had been given a ‘red card’ and he had no choice to move on.
“I have been given a red card (by the party) and I’m outside the pitch. So, if I have been given a 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,” the statement read in part.
But the party would not take the defection of one of their staunch members lying low and the need for the meeting, according to a very competent source.
The meeting is expected to hold today and the party is expected to brief the public on the outcome.