A large number of Benue youths formed a human barricade and stopped the convoy of state governor, Samuel Ortom, from leaving the Government House to attend a reconciliation meeting with the national leadership of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) in Abuja on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.
On Monday, July 16, Ortom said the APC had kicked him out and announced that he was shopping for a new party. However, he was back in the APC on Thursday, July 19 as he declared, “I am here in APC, a member of APC, I’m still flying the flag of APC” after a meeting with the party’s national leadership in Abuja.
He was on his way to another scheduled meeting with national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and some other party members when the youths refused to grant him access of the road.
According to a report by Channels Television, the youths asked the governor to resign his membership from the APC or lose the support of the people.
A leader of the protesting youths, Dave Ogbole, said, “If the governor insists on travelling to Abuja for the APC meeting, he will risk losing the support of the people.”
The governor’s pleas to be allowed to attend the party and protect the interest of the people of the state fell on deaf ears and he was forced to make a U-turn and return to the Government House.