The governor of Benue state, Dr Gabriel Suswam has finalised plans to rig the Saturday governorship elections in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate, Hon Terhemen Tarzoor using the Ward and Local government collation agents.
Information pieced together by our correspondent reveals that each of the ward or local government collation agents willing to ‘play ball’ with the governor’s middlemen for the electoral fraud would be paid half a million each.
Sources close to the governmnet house Makurdi reveals that a former member of the House of Representatives from the Tiv speaking area is coordinating the recruitment of pliable collation officers who would be ready to undermine the democratic process.
According to the source, as at the time of filing this report, “a sizeable number of ward and local government collation officers have been approached and the mouth watering offers of five hundred thousand naira presented to them. I don’t know if those contacted have conceded to sale their conscience.”
Our source disclosed that the PDP has also set up an information center where those willing to cooperate, apart from the financial inducement, are given telephone numbers of some politicians that they will be using to call for emergency at the event that they are ununable to carry out the directive.
It’s revealed that where the party is unable to win votes, the ‘military’ will be brought in to kidnap the particular officer in a Rambo style.
Shortly after, the ‘kidnapped’ officer will then be released after they may have tempered with the figures.
Where the PDP are unable to rewrite the result in their favour, they have been asked to call the telephone numbers of the erthswhile federal lawmaker who would either go personally or send to the scene, of the particular collation point with a supposedly military personnel and destroy the results sheets.
Secondly, some Electoral Officers in the 23 local government areas have been identified and offered huge sums to release the authentic result sheets to them.
Given the manner the PDP government had performed in the state in the last eight years, it was learnt the outgoing governor of Benue state, Suswam had declared that “winning this election is a matter of life and death” to him.
Our source further hinted that another meeting between the coordinator and collation officers is slated for Friday night to fine tune every detail.