From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom yesterday declared his intention to quit the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Ortom gave the hint during the inauguration of a new Special Adviser on Bureau of Local and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe at Government House, Makurdi.
Ortom, who described himself as ‘child of God, said he is yet to decide which party he would be moving to.
The governor explained that he has been given red card from the ruling APC, adding that he is still floating, waiting for any party that would admit him into its fold.
He likened the challenges facing the state to the Israelites and enjoined the people of the state to be united so that development would come to the state.
According to him, ‘many people have been asking that, as we dedicated the state to God we are still facing challenges but the Israelites passed through the wilderness, where there are giants, wild animals and other things that are harmful but God took them to the promised land’.
“All these challenges that we see today, we shall see them no more. All that we are required to do is not to begin to be wayward in our conduct but to move to the righteous side of God. Once we do that, things will work out for our good.
“Looking at what is happening to us, sometimes, am tempted to think that we are dying like people who do not have God.
“But we must choose the path of working with God, obeying and serving him. If we do that and ensure that his values get into our hearts and we work with him, development will be inevitable. Let us work and encourage those things that can develop us.
“We need to come together let party or ethnicity not divide us.
“As for the party, I have been given red card and I am outside the pitch. So, if I have been given red card and I am standing outside, I am a free man.
“So I don’t know what will happen next but I am waiting. If any party approach me, then I will tell the Benue people that I am joining another football club. I am a child of destiny and it’s only God that will decide what I will be,” Governor Ortom said.