There was drama in Benue state on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 as youth in their numbers blocked the Government House, preventing the State Governor, Samuel Ortom, from travelling to attend the APC reconciliation meeting in Abuja.
Governor Ortom was scheduled to meet with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole and some other party members.
The youth asked the state governor to resign his membership from the APC.
Blocking the governor’s convoy, leader of the protesting youth, Dave Ogbole, dared the governor to crush them and embark on his trip. He said that:
“If the governor insists on travelling to Abuja for the APC meeting, he will risk losing the support of the people”.
Despite the governors’ plea to allow him attend the meeting as agreed by party members in the state, the youth stood their grounds until the governor’s convoy made a U-turn.
The youth however continued to stay guard to ensure the governor does not travel.
Following the incident the governor has now announced his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Governor Ortom made the announcement during a meeting with elected local government chairmen and councillors at the Government House Makurdi.
The announcement brings to an end months of speculation that the governor will return to the PDP as a result of his disagreement with leaders of the APC in Benue and at the national level.
His defection follows major political decisions in the state over the last three weeks, all of which had fueled the speculations of his exit.
The governor recently sacked over 80 percent of his cabinet members and, on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 the Benue House of Assembly impeached Terkimbi Ikyange as its Speaker.