- The APC and PDP in Benue continues to trade words after the governorship election in the state
- The chief press secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, Terver Akase, has decried the constant verbal attacks on his boss
- Akase described the opposition All Progressives Congress in the state as bad losers
The chief press secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, Terver Akase, has decried the constant verbal attacks on his boss since he was declared the winner of the Benue state governorship election.
Akase, in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, April 1, described the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state as bad losers.
The governor's media aide accused the APC on embarking on damaging propaganda anchored on falsehood since the party lost the governorship election in the state.
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Part of the statement read: “The utterances of the APC leaders show that they are very bad losers and as people who do not have good intentions for the state.
“What they fail to realize is that Governor Ortom is a peace-loving man as demonstrated in the hand of fellowship he has extended to the opposition after the election, but that is certainly not a sign of weakness.
“These are the same people who unanimously endorsed Governor Ortom as gubernatorial candidate when he was still in APC. It was the governor who advised that other aspirants should also be allowed to contest for the party's ticket in line with the tenets of internal democracy.
“For a man who won the governorship seat on the APC platform in 2015 and has emerged victorious on PDP ticket in 2019 is proof of the confidence Benue people have in Governor Ortom.
“What happened in the 2019 elections in Benue state was a clear case of God's Might through the people. Voters of the state chose to reject damaging propaganda anchored on falsehood and stood on the side of truth to vote for Governor Ortom in whom they saw hope for a greater Benue and the assurance of their existence as a people.”
According to him, while the PDP offered the Benue people love and reason to be trusted, the APC threatened the people with impunity and vengeance.
“APC's rigging machine collapsed under the watchful eyes of Benue voters in most parts of the state even after they succeeded in manipulating the polls in Tarka local government area and a few other places.
“APC in Benue state is yet to respond to the arrest of the personal driver of its governorship candidate, Emmanuel Jime in whose position security operatives found huge sums of money on election day apparently meant for vote buying.
“The truth remains that in all the areas APC claims that PDP rigged the election, they have not provided evidence to back their claims. If they have any proof of manipulation, the elections tribunal is the right place to channel such grievances not pages of newspapers,” he added.
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Meanwhile, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state has said his government wrestled with principalities and powers in high places during the just concluded governorship election in the state.
Governor Emmanuel made the remark at the Victory Thanksgiving Service with the theme: The Danger of Ingratitude, organised by the Akwa Ibom state government at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Friday, March 29.
He said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s victory in the state represents a new dawn for Akwa Ibom, even as he thanked the party's leaders, members and supporters for their contribution to the PDP's victory.
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