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Why I left APC – Benue gov, Ortom



Benue State Governor , Samuel Ortom , on Monday commenced his re – election campaign , saying that he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party because it is the only party that can accommodate his administration ’ s policies .
Ortom , who spoke at the IBB Square , regretted that officials of the All Progressives Congress – led Federal Government had one time or the other frustrated all efforts of his administration to find lasting solution to the constant clashes between farmers and herdsmen .

He said , “ Today , as we stand on the threshold of history to seek the renewal of our mandate – on a different and better platform – it is important to account for the mandate earlier given, as a basis for its renewal that we seek in the forthcoming elections.

“ While it is on record that we secured the endorsement of the All Progressives Congress for the 2019 general elections as sole governorship candidate , we had to abandon that platform in search of one that offers more accommodation and support for our policies , especially the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017 .

“ The Benue masses on whose behalf and on whose behest the Ranching Law was passed and signed into law by our administration , are witnesses to various attempts by highly -placed officials in the APC – led Federal Government to frustrate an imperative legislation aimed at finding lasting peace between farmers and herders in our state .

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“ It became pertinent to make a bold political decision on the choice of platform that would not compromise our stance on a matter so key to the Benue people . That platform became very easily the Peoples Democratic Party . ”