Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has again denied any plan to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The denial was contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase, issued to journalists in Makurdi.
It said a media report on the governorâ€™s purported plan to leave the APC was false, misleading andÂ handiwork of detractors playing politics with the blood of the people.
â€We read a report in a national daily of today (yesterday) which named Benue State Governor, Ortom as one of the APC leaders planning to defect to another political party.
â€The report which is obviously sponsored is not only false but also misleading. The governor has no intention to leave APC for another party and has not consulted anyone on the matter.â€
The statement stressed that Ortom,Â enjoys a cordial working relationship with other leaders of the party both at the local, state and national levels.
It said the main focus of the governor is to deliver greater benefits of democracy to his people including tackling the security challenges confronting them.
â€œThere is no cause to warrant his defection to another party,â€ the statement stated.
It explained that Ortomâ€™s stance of seeking justice over the invasion, killings and wanton destruction of property by suspected herdsmen was what any good leader ought to do.
The statement said the governor was appreciative of the efforts being made by President Muhammadu Buhari in ending the conflicts in the state.
According to the statement, the governor was fully aware that the killings in Benue State began during the past PDP-led administrations in the state.
â€It must be noted that the killings predate the APC as a party and the present administration. The governorâ€™s focus is on solving the problem in collaboration with other stakeholders.â€
It added: â€œFortunately, President Buhari has responded positively by sending troops and other security operatives to chase away the armed militia from Benue communities.â€
The statement further dismissed insinuations that Ortom had fallen out of favour with other leaders of APC in the state, including Senator George Akume.
â€œThe report is aimed at creating acrimony between the governor and the senator.
â€œOrtom was popularly elected to lead Benue State and he has demonstrated uncommon commitment and selflessness in justifying the confidence reposed in him.
â€œHe, will therefore, not be distracted by baseless reports and rumour of defection.
â€What is of greater concern to the governor now is how to stop the killings in the state and also tackle the humanitarian crisis that has displaced nearly 500,000 people.â€™â€™
It stated that the government was collaborating with the federal government on the rehabilitation and resettlement of the displaced persons.