GOVERNOR Samuel Ortom of Benue says he is no longer a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC).
Mr Ortom who said at the moment he does not have a political party noted that he was oust from the APC.
The governor stated this on Monday while swearing in a newly appointed Special Adviser on Local Government and Cheftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe, at the banquet hall of the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital.
“As for party, I’ve been given the red card and I’m now outside the pitch. So, if I have been given the red card and I’m standing outside, that means I’m a free man,” said Ortom.
“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,” he said.
He therefore urged the people to to remain united and not allow party or ethnicity divide them stressing that God who helped him to win in 2015 is well able to see him through in the coming general elections.
“Let party or ethnicity not divide us. I’m a child of destiny and it’s only a God that will decide what I will be. 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.”
Earlier, Mr Torshimbe thanked the Governor for finding him worthy to serve in his government promising to do his best in ensuring good governance at the third tier of government as well as the traditional institution in the state