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Ortom, Moghalu deny planning to dump parties for APC

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Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom and 2019 presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, have denied planning to dump their respective parties for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Benue Governor, Mr. Trever Akase, said his boss, who won election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had no plan to defect to APC or any other party.

Akase disclosed to The Guardian that the clarification became necessary owing to a recent statement credited to the state chairman of APC, Abba Yaro, that the governor would soon be returning to APC party.

His words: “It is pertinent to state categorically that Ortom is not contemplating leaving PDP for whatever reason.

“The governor believes that the political, economic and security challenges facing the country cannot merely be solved by people defecting from one political party to another.”

According to the CPS, Ortom is comfortably leading the PDP in Benue to achieve development milestones for the people and remains focused on the mandate of providing good governance.

Anambra State APC spokesperson, Okefo Madukaife, claimed that Moghalu, former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), had joined APC.

Madukaife said: “I am informing you; go and check, Dr. Moghalu is no longer in YPP. He is supposed to be the leader of the party.”

But Moghalu put a lie to the claim.

On his twitter page yesterday, a political economist responded: “The ground on which the report is ba
sed is false, mischievous and tendentious. I ask the public to disregard this fake report, and to be guided by this clarification.”

After losing the February 2019 presidential election to President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, Moghalu had reportedly resigned his membership of YPP, explaining that he was withdrawing from partisan politics to focus on a non-partisan citizens’ movement and campaign for electoral reform.


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