- Governor Ortom has reacted to allegations levelled against him by the APC that he has plans to manipulate the result of Benue state in the forthcoming governorship election
- Ortom's aide, Tahav Agerzua, said the governor has no need to compromise INEC staff to get votes through the backdoor as he is loved by his people
- Agerzua, however, said people of the state will vote for his principal massively like they did in 2015 without any undue influence on the electoral umpire
Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has faulted allegations levelled against him by APC that he set aside huge sum of money to compromise staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission to win re-election.
Vanguard reports that Ortom while reacting to the allegations said APC was yet to recover from defeat at the recent elections in the state and facing a looming defeat at the next round of elections, hence the baseless allegation.
This is contained in a statement by the special adviser to the governor on media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua.
The statement read: "These unfounded allegations being circulated in the media are surely the last kicks of a dying horse.
"The results of the February 23 presidential and National Assembly polls, where PDP won all the three Senate seats, clear majority in the House of Representatives as well as votes cast for the presidential candidates, indicate that the party is the preferred choice of the Benue people.
“Governor Ortom, who has grassroots support from the people who spoke loudly and clearly through these elections, has no need to compromise INEC staff to get votes through the backdoor.
"The people are poised to, once again, vote for him massively like they did in 2015 without any undue influence on the umpire."
According to Agerzua, if governor Ortom has the amounts of money mentioned in the reports, he would channel it towards more judicious use rather than use it for illegal purposes.
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"Since January 2018, salaries have been paid up to date, while funds are being sourced to pay the arrears. Governor Ortom has had unblemished public and private sector records and there is no basis whatsoever to question his integrity.
"The people love him and are prepared to repose their confidence in him once more. He has never and does not need to resort to the use of thugs and the militia or any form of self-help to prosecute election," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Governor Ortom and David Mark, former Senate president, reportedly stormed office of the INEC in Makurdi, Benue capital, on Sunday, February 24, to protest the alleged snatching of election results by unidentified soldiers.
The duo headed straight into the office of Nentawe Yiltwada, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC).
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