- The Benue Youth Forum (BYF) have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to advise the Kogi state governor against being involved in the state's supplementary election
- The youths alleged that there is a plan hatched by Governor Bello to invade Benue with a legion of armed thugs during Saturday's supplementary elections
- According to the forum, Bello financially supported by some other governors in the north plan to remove Governor Samuel Ortom from office
Some youths in Benue state have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to warn the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello against interfering with the rerun elections in the state.
The youths under the auspices of Benue Youth Forum (BYF) said it has become necessary to draw the attention of the president to the plan hatched by Governor Bello to invade Benue with a legion of armed thugs during Saturday's supplementary elections.
In a statement released by the president of the group, Terrence Kuanum, the BYF alleged that Bello financially supported by some other governors in the north plan to remove Governor Samuel Ortom from office.
The forum said the Kogi state governor also plans to sponsor violence at polling units in areas where the supplementary election is to hold so that voters will flee and allow APC thugs to thumb-print for their candidate, Emmanuel Jime.
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The statement said: "The second plan of the Kogi Governor and his APC henchmen is to compel INEC to declare Jime as winner of the election then ask PDP to go to court."
Governor Bello and the APC thugs from Kogi State have concluded plans to enter Benue through the Makurdi-Naka road, meet with Senaror Akume and Jime before moving to the various local government areas where the polls are to hold. While the armed thugs are to arrive Benue on Thursday night, Governor Bello will arrive on Friday evening and stay in Makurdi till Monday morning to supervise execution of the plot," the forum said.
"These details were part of a top secret meeting between Governor Bello and Jime recently in Abuja.
"As youths of Benue State whose future is being toyed with by unscrupulous politicians, we feel concerned, hence our decision to appeal to President Buhari to warn Governor Yahaya Bello to drop the evil agenda.
"We are law abiding citizens of this country, but we won't fold our arms and watch a failed Governor from another state invade our territory to cause political instability.
"We will vehemently resist Bello's plan to manipulate the Benue State supplementary election," the statement added.
meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Benue state PDP has appointed Senator Dino Melaye and Governor Ortom to serve as polling agents for the party in the re-run governorship election in the state.
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Also selected was a former Senate president, David Mark, former governor of the state, Gabriel Suswam as well as former minister of interior, Abba Moro for the elections scheduled for March 23.
The above names were among 24 names of polling agents and two returning officers picked by the Benue PDP and submitted to the INEC office in Makurdi.
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