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APC Crisis: Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom Dumps Party

Unic Press UK: The crisis in the ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC) shows no signs of abating as the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today, formally announced that he has resigned his membership of the troubled party.

The governor today made public his decision to quit as he addressed Local Government Area chairmen and the councillors.

Ortom resignation cum defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is coming only a day after a ‘tsunami’ hit the APC, given that many lawmakers – Senators’ and Members of the House of Representatives – had defected in droves to the PDP yesterday.

His decision to quit the deeply troubled party is not unconnected to the intense pressures from the people of Benue valley, especially the majority who contend that the Benue State Government has been unable to seriously engage the Federal Government to nip in the bud the killing spree unleashed on the people of Benue by armed nomadic herdsmen of the Fulani tribe of Nigeria.

On several occasions, angry youths and several members of the civil society, have besieged the Government House, Benue, denouncing the state government for inaction over the incessant killing of innocents by Fulani cattle herders.

On Tuesday, fourteen elected Senators under the platform of the ruling party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC), defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Their decision to quit the APC led to the PDP taking over as the majority party in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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