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Governor Ortom of Benue. Image: Guardian NG

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has retained his deputy, Benson Abounu, to run with him for a second term in office in 2019.

After failing at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary in 2015, Ortom moved to the All Progressives Congress (APC) where the leader of the party, Senator George Akume, provided him with a platform to pick the ticket.

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The decision by Akume to give Ortom the ticket did not go down well with some aspirants, especially Emmanuel Jime, who seemed to be coasting home to victory.

But, Akume had his way. He also single handed chose Abounu as running mate to Ortom.

The duo of Ortom and Abounu won the election in 2015.

However, things took a dramatic turn as Ortom dumped the APC which brought him to power for the PDP after three and half years in the saddle.

His deputy, was silent throughout the meetings that led to Ortom’s defection .

Abounu would, however, admit later that he will follow his boss to the PDP.