- Governor Ortom accused security agencies in Benue state of intimidating voters at polling unit
- The governor claimed that the secuirty operatives are working for the opposition, the APC
- He also accused the INEC of preventing IDPs in the state from exercising their voting rights
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Governor Samuel Ortom has accused security agencies of conniving with the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue to intimidate voters at polling centres in the state.
The governor, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2018, said he was at this polling station this morning when he was informed that the state agent of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) was arrested at about 5:30 a.m. on excuse that he was training thugs.
Ortom revealed this while speaking with Channels TV after casting his vote.
He said: “I am told the Inspector General of Police (IGP) directed the security operatives to arrest the agent, despite that the Commissioner of Police was here to monitor the election.
“Both the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) and the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) are all supposed to monitor the elections. Why do we need to have police coming down from Abuja to arrest anybody?”
The governor also accused INEC of disenfranchising thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Guma.
However, the INEC national commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, said this allegation is untrue.
Okoye said: “We isolated 15 states where we have IDP challenges going into this election. One of the states is Benue. We made adequate arrangements for voting by IDPs because we have a regulation on how IDPs will vote."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday, February 23, announced that it would be extending voting time in various polling units.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, the national commissioner in charge of information and voter education committee, Barrister Festus Okoye, said the time of voting will be extended by hours lost before accreditation and voting.
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