Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Thursday, July 21, 2022, promised never to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor ORTOM also revealed that the presidential candidate of the PDP, ATIKU ABUBAKAR was making moves to “pacify” the Governor of Rivers State, NYESOM WIKE, after he (ATIKU) picked Governor IFEANYI OKOWA of Delta State, rather than WIKE, as his running mate.

ORTOM had revealed that WIKE is not happy that ATIKU and the PDP are not according Governor WIKE due honour, thus, prompting rumours that the Rivers Governor would resign from the PDP to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Meanwhile, as the defection speculation swirl, it was reported WIKE met with some APC governors last week in Port Harcourt.

When Governor ORTOM appeared on Arise TV’s Good Morning Show, to speak on the friction, he said:

“I want to assure Nigerians that we are members of PDP and we will not defect to any other political party.

“We look forward for the leadership of the party to unite and bring all of us together.

“Thank God, the Presidential candidate of our great party has reached out to me to talk with my brother and friend governor WIKE and once our Presidential candidate meets and pacify Governor WIKE, we will move forward.

“I was into hibernation but thank God I’m out now and this is my stand.

“Governor WIKE is a friend. He has been there for me even when my state was besieged by killer herdsmen. He stood by me morally and financially; he has done a lot for our party and for me. I don’t betray people, that’s why I feel the leadership of our party (PDP) should reach out to him.”

Brave Views recalls that the former Vice President, ATIKU ABUBAKAR had rejected the recommendations of a committee set up on selection of his running mate.

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