- APC has accused Governor Ortom of planning to bribe electorate ahead of Saturday, March 9, governorship and House of Assembly election
- The party's chairman in the state, Abba Yaro, said the governor had set aside varying sums of money with which to induce staff of INEC
- Yaro said the governor had set aside N382,650,000 for INEC ad-hoc staff in the 5,102 polling units and voting points
- The party alleged that each of the 23 local government electoral officers will get N1,500,000 as ‘understanding’ fee
The Benue chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused Governor Samuel Ortom of plotting to dole out huge sums of money to electoral officers in a bid to retain his seat at all cost.
Vanguard reports that in a statement issued on Tuesday, March 5, the party's chairman in the state, Abba Yaro, said to achieve this, the governor had set aside varying sums of money with which to induce staff of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and ad-hoc staff employed to assist the commission in the conduct of the exercise.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the governor had on various occasions boasted that he was going to win the forthcoming elections by all means.
The statement read: “Nigerians would recall that the governor had on various occasions boasted that he was going to win the forthcoming elections by all means.
"According to the plan by the governor and PDP in Benue state, INEC ad-hoc staff in the 5,102 polling units and voting points will be given N75,000 for refreshment, amounting to N382,650,000.
"In a similar manner, ward collation officers in the 276 council wards in Benue state are to go home with N150,000 each. It is further alleged that each of the 23 local government electoral officers, EOs, will get N1,500,000 as ‘understanding’ fee.
"The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state is not left out in the largess as N500 million has been earmarked for him to be paid through a royal father in the state.
"Votes are to be bought in all the polling units with N300,000 (N1,530,600,000 for 5,102 PUs) set aside per polling unit for that purpose."
Commenting on Ortom's administration for what it called poor stewardship in the past four years, Yaro noted that considering a state where salaries are not paid for over 12 months as well as gratuities and pensions, the monies earmarked for the election by the governor are ridiculous.
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"The Benue state governor has not initiated and completed any project in the last four years and setting aside these huge amounts of money to buy votes would amount to playing on the sensibilities of the Benue electorate especially those who are vulnerable.
"The governor has in the last four years impoverished the Benue people through massive looting only to plan to buy votes and win a second term which, God will forbid," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, 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.
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.
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