- APC guber candidate in Benue state has reacted to the INEC's decision to announce the election inconclusive
- Emmanuel Jime said although his party was upbeat about the decision, he is certain of victory
- Jime also vowed to win the mandate of Benue people and restore the state's glory
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue, Emmanuel Jime, says his party is unperturbed by the declaration of inconclusive polls in the state and appealed to his supporters to stay calm.
In a statement by Prof Eugene Aliegba, the secretary of the APC governorship campaign council on Monday, March 11, in Makurdi, Jime commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its decision, which he said, was backed by law.
He said: "As a law abiding party, we recognise the decision by INEC as legally binding. We remain upbeat and urge our supporters to stay calm and optimistic ahead of a rerun date.
"We will do the work required to clinch victory and earn the mandate of Benue people."
He said the supplementary polls were ordered in parts of Benue owing to irregularities that occurred in such places.
He added: “The APC submits to the decision by INEC and will present itself for the rerun elections when the electoral umpire fixes a date.
“The party extends its gratitude to the electorate, party faithful and supporters who trooped out in their numbers to queue behind its governorship candidate, Emmanuel Jime and all other candidates of the APC."
It however, called on security agencies to ensure that the electoral breaches that characterised the previous elections were prevented to guarantee its credibility.
Jime noted: "The party expresses its deep worries over the large scale cases of thuggery, intimidation, inducement, vote buying and results tinkering that the PDP deployed in its desperate bid to hold unto power. It calls on INEC and security agencies to ensure that the PDP adheres to the democratic tenants in the rerun.
"The party’s governorship candidate Emmanuel Jime welcomes the supplementary election and remains confident of victory when the exercise is conducted."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue said he was not perturbed by the the INEC's declaration of Saturday’s governorship election in the state as inconclusive.
Ortom made his feelings known on Monday, March 11, in Makurdi while interacting with newsmen. He said that he was not bothered by the declaration because he believed he would still lead during the supplementary election.
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