Benue: Former APC Chieftain Says Ortom’s Hands Are Tired, Urge Him To Seek Alternative Political Party
John Akperashi, a former chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Benue state has given ‘surprising’ revelation about the ruling party.
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NIGERIA NEWS notes that John in his word described the ruling party saying “APC party lacks credibility and is insensitive to the plight of the people.”
Speaking on his resolution for dumping the APC, he lamented that some of them who followed governor Ortom to APC from PDP have been marginalised including the governor.
In the lieu of this, John advised Governor Samuel Ortom to rescind his decision by joining an alternative party where he would actualise his second term bid.
While lamenting the death of Benue people in the hands of suspected herdsmen, he described the APC as Miyetti Allah party.
On the other hand, the former party chieftain while speaking on the forthcoming election in the state said APC will not get 5000 votes in the coming elections in the Benue,
John added that the APC should forget winning the state in 2019 general elections.
“In everything, the people have pushed us aside and when I saw all these things, I told the governor but I saw that there was nothing he could do because even in his local government, ‘Guma’, the persons elected during the ward and local government congresses were not his loyalists.
“His hands were tied. No single person who followed him from PDP to APC had his interest protected. I told him that as a governor you can have your way but for me, I cannot continue to be part of this arrangement where I will be doing political work and someone else will take the glory.
“To an average Benue person, the APC is seen as Miyetti Allah party that has a preference for cows over human beings. The party lacks credibility and is insensitive to the plight of the people.
“I know very well that gov Ortom is not comfortable in the APC. If he is pretending then that is his own problem. It is either he is just playing along or playing to the gallery. He is just buying time to take his decision and at the appropriate time, he will just leave.
“But he has the resources so he can do whatever he likes at any time, but some of us are still growing. If what is obtainable in the APC I do not see him winning elections.”
He also said that Governor Ortom has a brighter chance of securing his second term because of his stance against the killings in the state.
“Yes, he has done his best and I give him kudos for that. I have said it often that put Suswam and Ortom, he has done well more than the former in terms of protecting the lives of his people and fighting herdsmen because of the law he collaborated with Benue people to sign,” he concluded.
In a related development, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that herdsmen kill 2 as gunmen invade army Major General house, shot sporadically at the building.