2019: Count Me Out Of Mega Party— Gov Ortom by Emmolyine
Makurdi— As politicians begin realignment towards the 2019 political
permutations, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that he is
not in talks with anyone or group to join the so-called mega party being
planned to wrest power from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Although the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is yet to register any party known as Mega Party, reports of a big
party being planned by bigwigs from the opposition Peoples Democratic
Party, PDP and the ruling APC, have been gaining grounds lately.
of the reports carried early in the week, quoted some unnamed top
political sources as saying that the Mega Party was targeting 15 of the
36 Nigerian governors, among them, Samuel Ortom of Benue State, in its
bid to take over government from Buhari in 2019.
yesterday, lashed out at those linking him with the so-called Mega
Party, saying that he is not one of those keen on leaving the APC for
any other party.
Ortom, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary,
Terver Akase, said he had not met with anyone and was not planning to
leave the APC for any other party.
“We wish to categorically state
that Governor Ortom is not part of such a plan. The governor, as the
standard bearer of All Progressives Congress, APC, was popularly elected
by the people of Benue State and is still enjoying maximum support of
the people as he continues to deliver good governance, so he could not
have been involved in any clandestine plot to launch another political
- “The governor also believes that the
leadership provided by President Muhammadu Buhari is what the country
needs to overcome the current challenges and is committed to supporting
Mr. President to succeed.”
- “The Governor says the whole world is
applauding President Buhari for his anti-corruption crusade, integrity
and discipline so what the President deserves is support from Nigerians
and not distraction.
- “The APC has brought real positive change in
all ramifications of the life of the country, so I do not foresee any
other political party coming to do half of what the government of our
great party APC is already doing. Nigerians know that it is easier to
destroy than to build. President Muhammadu Buhari is rebuilding the
country and I stand solidly with him and I will continue to support him.
“Governor Ortom should therefore be excluded from any further
discussion or news report regarding the new mega party. The Governor is
busy with selfless service to Benue State at the moment and does not
need any distraction.
“We urge all Nigerians and Benue People in particular to disregard the said report in its entirety,” the governor said.