Benue governor appeals to INEC ahead of re-run polls

Aloysius Umalo, Makurdi

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State in North Central Nigeria has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to address identified lapses so as to ensure a smooth, hitch-free, transparent, fair and credible supplementary elections.

Governor Ortom also urged voters in places where Governorship and other rerun elections are to be conducted on Saturday, 23rd March, 2019, to turn out and exercise their civic duty.

Governor Ortom appealled to them to turn out early for the exercise even as he wishes that the voters would brave all the odds including real and imaginary unusual security deployments and ensure that they exercise their franchise as well as guard and protect their votes.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, Governor Ortom commends the people for maintaining law and order during the recent elections and urged them to sustain the peaceful conduct.

He appeals to stakeholders in the electoral process to resist all forms of inducements to subvert the system but rather demonstrate the highest level of patriotism.

The governor reiterates his pledge that the state government would support the security agencies to maintain law and order in all parts of the state and insists that they conduct themselves professionally and do not allow any individual or organization to exert undue influence on them.

“We all owe our country committed loyalty and unalloyed patriotism. Therefore, any breach of the peace is detrimental to all.”

He says he know that from the results of the last elections, the people of the state have indicated their clear preference for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and all its candidates.

He commends the Benue electorate for voting massively for the PDP and expressed the confidence that the people will seal the renewal of the mandate they gave him freely and massively in 2015 by consolidating on his lead at the 9th March Governorship polls on Saturday.