BENUE State Governor, Samuel Ortom, said he dumped the rulling All Progressives Congress (APC) because the party has given him the red card.
Ortom, who made the disclosure at the banquet hall of the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital on Monday while swearing in his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe, said he has been pushed out of his party and he is currently exploring a new option to actualise his future ambition.
He said further that he was consulting with relevant stakeholders, and he would soon make his next move known to the Benue people.
Governor Ortom charged the new appointee to justify the confidence reposed in him through hard-work and commitment to duty and to imbibe the core values of his administration which include transparency, accountability, justice and equity.
In a swift reaction, the APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomole said Ortom was not pushed out of the party.
Oshiomole while speaking in Abuja shortly after a meeting with the National Working Committee (NWC) said: “Governor Ortom had told me severally that he will not leave the APC unless he was pushed out and I know that we have not pushed him out.”