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In what appears to be one of his reasons for returning to his old party, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Wednesday claimed that the state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress had continued to launch an attack on him.

Speaking at a gathering in which he formally announced his return to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Ortom added that 10 out of the 17 state lawmakers elected on the platform of the All Progressive Congress are ready to follow him to PDP.

Ortom had formally announced his return to the opposition PDP, from where he had defected to APC on whose platform he was elected as governor in 2015.

Ortom made the declaration of his defection during a meeting with local government chairmen and councillors at the new banquet hall of Government House, Makurdi.

Thirteen local government chairmen and 276 councillors were in attendance.

“The state chapter has continued to launch an attack on me,” Ortom claimed, saying that was despite the intervention of APC national leadership.

“This morning, I had wanted to go to Abuja to attend the meeting but some youths in the state refused, they asked me to go back.

“But let me formally inform this gathering that I have forwarded my resignation letter from the APC to the chairman of my council ward and he has promised to join me in the new party.

Immediately he announced his resignation from APC, the governor displayed his resignation letter to the people.

“As I talk to you, ten (10) out of seventeen (17) state lawmakers of All Progressive Congress, APC are ready to follow me to the new party.

“May I formally announce to you that I have formally moved to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,” governor Ortom declared.

Earlier, the 13 council chairmen and leaders of the legislative council in attendance promised to follow the governor to the new party to ensure his re election aspiration.

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce on Wednesday welcomed Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye, to the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party.

Murray-Bruce, who had, on Monday, urged Dino Melaye to resume at the Senate, said, it was nice to have Melaye back in the red chamber.

He went on to welcome him to PDP and promised that he would not experience “trauma or intimidation.”

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Senator Dino Melaye on Wednesday returned to the Senate, and his decision to take an interim seat near the former Senate President, David Mark, led to speculations that he was defecting to the PDP

Drama started when Melaye urged Senate President Bukola Saraki to order the sergeants-at-arms to create a space for him on the side of the minority Peoples Democratic Party, saying that he would sit near the former Senate President, David Mark, though Mark was absent at the proceedings.

And despite the Senate President Bukola Saraki directing him otherwise, Melaye sat at the opposition PDP section throughout the plenary.