- The Benue Youth Forum has accused the APC of planning to rig the supplementary election in the state
- The group alleged that the APC was planning to thumb-print ballot papers and fill the result sheets before the polls
- The youth group described the plot by the APC as devilish and anti-people, vowing to resist it with the last drop of their blood
The Benue Youth Forum (BYF) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of planning to rig the forthcoming supplementary election in the state.
The group alleged that the APC was planning to thumb-print ballot papers and fill the result sheets before the polls.
This was contained in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, March 12 by the president if the BYF, Comrade Terrence Kuanum.
The youth group described the plot by the APC as devilish and anti-people, vowing to resist it with the last drop of their blood.
Our reliable sources at INEC have disclosed that the All Progressives Congress, (APC) leadership has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately release to it ballot papers and result sheets for all the polling units where the re-run governorship election is to hold in Benue State.
This is to help the party to thumb-print the ballot papers and fill the result sheets before the 23rd March supplementary election.
Part of the statement read: “Benue people took a decision on the 9th of March to renew the mandate they gave Governor Samuel Ortom in 2015. The people overwhelmingly voted for the governor who now has 81,000 lead against his closest opponent.
“We advise INEC to be firm and resist the pressure to deny Benue people their right to decide who governs them. INEC must say NO to APC's maneuvers to truncate democracy through rigging of the supplementary election in Benue state.
“We are aware that all uncollected Permanent Voter's Cards, were returned and kept at Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN in Makurdi. We also have the statistics of the number of PVCs collected in all the polling units where the re-run election is billed to hold.
“Our eagle eyes are firmly fixed on CBN and INEC. Any attempt to illegally release the uncollected PVCs or any other sensitive election material will be exposed and the particular culprit, whether he is INEC or CBN staff will be made to suffer lawful consequences of his action.
“We want the Benue state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda to remember that the whole world is watching him! He should remember that history will also note the role he is playing in Benue state electoral process and will judge him accordingly.
“He has the option to do what is right and write his name in gold or obey those who want to pervert the process and rig the election despite the wide margin between the party in the lead and the closest opponent.”
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Meanwhile, a non-partisan advocacy group, Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria, has filed a freedom of information request to INEC seeking a breakdown of card readers’ usage state by state in the 2019 presidential and national assembly elections.
The group is seeking the numbers for full accreditation (card verification and biometrics) and partial accreditation (card verification).
The elections which have been widely acknowledged to have been flawed, were marred in some parts of the country by card reader malfunction, a situation that led to voters’ frustration.
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