Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, has quit the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) saying he was given a ‘red card’ by the party.
Ortom disclosed this on Monday in Makurdi, capital of the state, after swearing in Jerome Shimbe as his special adviser on bureau for local government and chieftaincy affairs.
Ortom declared that the red card by the APC would enable him join any political party that has an ideology worthy of being adopted by his administration.
“Many people have been asking that after dedicating the state to God we are still facing challenges, but I know that the God that saw the Israelites pass through the wilderness, and took them to the promised land will also see us through our difficult times,” he said.
“I know one thing, 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.
“As for party, I have been given red card and I’m outside the pitch. So, if I have been given red card and I’m standing outside, I’m a free man.
“So I don’t know what will happen next but I’m waiting. If others approach me, then I will tell the Benue people that I’m joining another football club. I’m a child of destiny and it’s only God that will decide what I will be.”
Ortom had last week sacked most members of his cabinet believed to have been nominated by his estranged political god father, Senator George Akume sending signals that he was on his way out of the party he joined in 2015 to become Governor.