The defection trend continues to rock the Nigerian political space. This time around it is Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State. He has formally defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reports Premium Times.
Ortom made this move in an announcement at a meeting with elected local government chairmen and councillors on Wednesday at the Government House Makurdi.
This comes barely a day after the Benue State House of Assembly impeached its Speaker, Terkimbi Tyanger and about 40 APC federal lawmakers dumped the party to PDP.
According to Tahav Agerzua, a media adviser to the governor, “Ortom complained that the APC was no longer a platform that had the interest of the people of Benue at heart.”
The governor joined the APC from the PDP ahead the 2015 elections. He served as Minister of State of Industry, Trade and Investment during the Jonathan administration.
Mr Ortom was earlier a member of the defunct All People’s Party (APP) before joining the PDP.
He is also a former national auditor of the PDP and served as the director of operations of the PDP gubernatorial campaign in Benue State in 2007. He was director of administration and logistics of the Goodluck/Sambo Presidential Campaign Organization in 2011.