The Benue State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has maintained that the state governor, Samuel Ortom, is still its member.
State chairman of the PDP, Dr Emmanuel Agbo, who stated this at a news conference held at the PDP Secretariat in Makurdi, the state capital on Friday, noted that Mr. Ortom did not decamp from the PDP before joining the All Progressives Congress after he failed to pick the PDP ticket during the primaries.
Agbo noted that as a man who rose from being a state executive member of the PDD to becoming a national auditor until his appointment as minister under the platform of the PDP, it was improper for the governor to say that he decamped at the ward level only.
According to him, a politician of Ortom’s caliber, who had benefitted so much from the PDP, should have at least decamped at the state level, stressing that as chairman of the PDP in the state, he was yet to be notified about his defection to the APC.
The state PDP chairman further argued that the fact that APC waited for the PDP to conduct its primaries before picking one among the array of PDP aspirants, showed that the party did not have any credible person to fly its flag in the state.