Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday failed to show up in a peace meeting that was scheduled by the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership to settle the lingering rift between him and former Governor and now Senator, George Akume.
Governor Ortom Jason Monday given hints of his readiness to quit the APC, when he told reporters that the party had given him a red card, and he is shopping for another platform to actualise his second term ambition.
The Governor has reportedly been in a running battle with Senator Akume, who is seen to be the unseen lea dear of the party in the State.
The rift was alleged to have deepened last week, leading to the Governor’s sacking of all the appointees of Senator Akume in his cabinet.
The AUTHORITY gathered the Governor Ortom’s statement on Monday had rattled the APC leadership hence the two forces were hurriedly summoned for a peace meeting as the party is not ready to lose the State in 2019.
APC National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has described reports of Ort s resignation from APC as mere rumours, insisting that the Governor has promised him that he will not leave the party unless he was pushed out.
“I know that Governor Ortom is a very senior member of the party, and he has said so repeatedly in print and has said to me one on one that he will not leave the APC unless he was pushed out. I have since assumed chairmanship of this party along with my colleagues in the NWC and I know of a fact that we have not shut out any Governor and certainly not Governor Ortom.” Oshiomhole said.
Senator Akume, who was at the APC National Secretariat yesterday to honour the NWC summon only told waiting reporters that the meeting will continue today.