Who Else After Ortom?
Nigeria News takes a look at the exit of Benue State Governor from the All Progressives Congress
It all began just like this in 2014 when some governors protested against the Peoples Democratic Party and quit. They were six in number but five, including the former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi left PDP.
The only one of them, whom we thought would leave the party was the former Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliu. He was neither here nor there as the administration of the former President Goodluck Jonathan was drifting to hit the rock.
Today, Amaechi is the Minister of Transportation, which means he must have played his game well to help bring the All Progressives Congress into power. He is still very relevant in the scope of things.
A few weeks ago, a group, led by Buba Galadima detached itself from the APC on the ground that the party it laboured to form is now rejoicing in impunity and had failed to address the problem of insecurity in the country.
The Reformed APC as it called itself has not been able to announce other prominent members of the group but there are a lot of negotiations going on to lure more politicians to itself.
Some members of the group were among scores of political parties that backed the PDP to wrestle power form APC two weeks ago.
While consultations have continued, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom opened up that he had since quit APC to an unknown political party.
He stated that the APC had shown him a red card, adding that he is no more a member of the party. Ortom reminded the public of what happened in 2014 when some governors lost hope in PDP.
The “Red Card” may be metaphorical in that it represents the blood of the innocent residents of Benue that were killed by herdsmen while the APC led Federal Government could not do anything about it.
Perhaps, Ortom had expected the arrest and prosecution of the killers of his people by the police but found out that the Federal Government had swept the case under the carpet.
The Fulani herdsmen had continued to threaten the farmers, the original landowners in Benue, yet the Federal Government had turned a deaf ear to the cry of Ortom.
The governor noted as he quit the APC that he would always belong to where his people belong. The Tiv people of Benue had vowed at the mass burial of the 72 innocent souls killed by herdsmen that they would never vote for APC again.
Ortom might be taken the right step now that the 2019 general election is behind the corner. Definitely, he would seek a second term and for him to win, the governor must toe the people’s path.
He explained that he would not allow APC to separate him from his people.
Reacting to the development, the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole stated that the party never gave a red card to Ortom and that the governor remained a prominent member of APC.
To Oshiomole, the card is the membership card, but to Ortom, a red card could mean the blood of those who died in Benue.