By Wande Akinseye
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has announced his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) to main opposition party the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP).
The governor made the announcement during a meeting with elected local government chairmen and councillors on Wednesday at the Government House Makurdi, hours after protesting youths barred him from traveling to Abuja to attend the APC reconciliation meeting.
The announcement laid to bed months of speculation that the governor might decamp to the PDP as a result of his disagreement with leaders of the APC in Benue particularly former Governor of the state, senator Gorge Akume, and some other party leaders at the national level.
His defection follows major political decisions in the state over the last three weeks, all of which had fuelled the speculations of his exit.
The governor recently sacked over 80 percent of his cabinet members and, on Tuesday, the Benue House of Assembly impeached Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange as its Speaker.
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