John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Governor Samuel Ortom, of Benue State has alleged that a governor from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came into the state with militants who threatened to unleash mayhem on voters during the Saturday Benue South rerun election.
A statement signed by the governor’s Adviser on Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua said the state government is aware of plans of the opposition to intimidate voters and cajole them into voting against their choice.
According to the Governor they were bent on causing confusion because they know that their party cannot win on a level playing ground.
Governor Ortom warned those who have no business with the election to steer clear of the district as security agencies will deal decisively with those bent on causing trouble and hindering the electoral process.
The Governor stated that as Chief Security Officer of the State he wishes to assure Benue south that adequate security has been provided for people to be able to come out and exercise their franchise freely without molestation.
He said all the conventional security agencies from Benue and neighboring states have been mobilized to give protection to voters in particular and citizens in general.
The Governor also appealed to voters in the area who have their permanent voters card to turn out in their numbers and vote in next Saturday’s re-run election.
“Our administration which won election popularly and overwhelmingly without resort to thugs or violence is committed to providing a level playing field for the people to vote in a free, fair, and transparent election, so let the will of the people prevail,” he stressed.