As preparations for the 2023 general elections are gaining momentum, Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom has warned that any attempt by anyone or group to rig elections in the State will be resisted.
Governor Ortom gave this warning at the expanded caucus meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the State, which was held at the Benue People’s House, Makurdi, Tuesday
He added that his commitment to free, fair and credible primary elections.
According to him, the Trecently held council elections in the State where the PDP won all the 23 chairmanship slots and 276 councillors in the shows that PDP is still strong in the state.
On the forthcoming PDP primaries, Governor Ortom said, “We will not tolerate anyone who will want to disrupt the primary elections. I am going to be personally involved. My cabinet members will be involved in the process too.”
He warned that “any member of my cabinet that will go there (primaries) and do any form of shortchanging, will be sacked the same day”.
Ortom used the occasion to congratulate the winners for various positions at the just concluded local government elections in the State, stressing that “I participated. I voted. It was very smooth, free and fair.”
Speaking, the State Chairman of PDP, Sir John Ngbede, said the PDP Ward Congress of Saturday, 30th April, 2022, was successful, except for a pocket of complaints from a few LGAs, which he said would be addressed by the appeal committee.
He further stated that the use of thugs to cause mayhem in the forthcoming party primaries won’t be allowed, saying anyone caught with such an act would be handed over to the security agencies for prosecution, “no matter the status of the individua