BEVERLY HILLS, July 16, (THEWILL) – The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said the Party has not shut out any governor elected on its platform and dismissed Monday’s widely reported news of the defection of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom as a rumour.
The national chairman spoke to journalists after the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party in Abuja.
He said: “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 basis 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.
“In these days of social media, I will not be responding on the basis of rumor and unverified reports.
In fact, talking about unconfirmed sources, on Saturday, I was in Lagos to honour an appointment that had been booked for over the past six months and I felt obliged to honour that appointment and yet some of these merchants of untruth and fabricators of fake news posted all sorts of stories including one of which I was being interviewed in Ekiti.
“I was only there in Monday to address Labour leaders and on Tuesday, to participate in the grand finale of the campaigns of which Mr President was there and I left Ekiti that same day on the same aircraft as Mr. President.”
Ortom Monday announced his defection saying the party had given him a ‘Red Card’. He added that he was open to joining a political party that identifies with his ideology and politics.