The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said that APC is relieved that governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State left the party (APC) to the Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying that the governor was never a participant during the formation of the ruling APC.
The APC national chairman also accused the governor of reducing governance to nollywood.
Oshiomhole also said that the governor was never a participant during the formation of APC. He empahised that governor Ortom became a candidate of APC to contest as governor in Benue state in 2015 by accident.
“For us, we are relieved that Ortom has returned to his former party. He actually got our ticket on a platter of gold. He was never a participant during the formation of our party. He became a candidate by accident and a lesson to learn by our party is that never again should people become a candidate on our party platform by accident. It has to be by consciousness.
“…It is my hope that we will take full advantage of current development within the political class to consciously not only allow those who want to go but even weed out people whose values are in conflict with the core values of progressive politics,” he also said
“If on the other hand he claimed that he refused to share the money, good, therefore, what have you done with the money? You couldn’t pay the workers’ salaries with the money you refused to share, have you built more roads for the people of Benue State? What have you accomplished with these bailout fund and the Paris fund?
“So, let me assure that what I do promised, and please mark my word each time I speak, that negotiable and verifiable grievances we would address. And I said we won’t deny somebody ticket on account of a conflict between him and any other person if he is at home with his people, even yesterday (Thursday) I emphasized that. When people say automatic ticket, does it guarantee automatic victory when people are against you? I said so. Because we didn’t give you departure ticket, so how are we going to give you a return ticket?
“So, I couldn’t assure gov Ortom that we will overrule the position of our members and leaders in Benue State that come 2019, we will give him ticket.
“I wanted to simply cross check with him the allegations made against him and he was to come by Wednesday that is why he organised that drama. And that tells you the quality of reasoning, with all due respect to Governor Ortom, how can you reduce governance to Nollywood, saying he wanted to go to Abuja to meet with the National Working Committee but my people have blocked the road that I will not go. When has it become a case that when a governor wants to travel it is on the radio that he is travelling and this is the purpose, he said. ”