The Ortom/Abounu Governorship Organization has uncovered fresh plans by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to launch sustained smear and other attacks on All Progressives Congress, APC , gubernatorial candidate in Benue State.
The attacks have been initiated following the declining fortunes of the PDP and the rising political profile and acceptability of Chief Dr Ortom across the state.
Investigations reveal that they have been launched from several flanks including litigations, unfounded allegations and outright campaigns of calumny as well as mischief on platforms including the social, print and electronic media.
Members of that party which has frittered away the goodwill of the people through deceitful and inept leadership coupled with maladministration that has manifested in the crippling of most government institutions, nonpayment of salaries and pensions know that it cannot win free, fair and transparent polls hence the resort to untoward means.
The emergence of a surrogate as governorship candidate with a record of manipulating election results has compounded issues for the ruling party.
Meanwhile the soaring popularity of the Ortom/Abounu ticket being reflected in the massive cross carpeting of members of the PDP into the APC as a mark of solidarity across the state coupled with the desire of the people to effect change in the leadership of the country has continued to give PDP stakeholders sleepless nights.
In desperation they grope from pillar to post in search of what can reduce or eclipse the blistering radiance and mass appeal of the Ortom/Abounu ticket.
Consequently, bill boards, posters and other campaign materials of the ticket have been destroyed across the state.
Press conferences have also been held at which unfounded allegations of sponsorship of violence were leveled against Chief Dr. Samuel Ortom which he has denied, demanded proof and sought apology.
Inducements have been given to aggrieved APC governorship aspirants to harden their positions against the decision of the party to nominate him as candidate in addition to several other smear campaigns.
The most recent is a strategy to divert attention by instituting a court case against the APC and Chief Dr. Ortom on account of his nomination.
This is to sow seeds of disaffection among APC members and supporters of the candidate and weaken their resolve to work for his success at the polls.
The plan had been hatched long before now; unfortunately none of it has and will ever work.
There were petitions that Chief Dr. Ortom had defrauded parastatals in the Aviation Ministry when he served as Supervising Minister and that he also received flood money which he failed to disburse.
When he challenged the petitioners to prove their allegations none stepped forward with the proof.
Next they said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arrested him, this too was false.
Another campaign was that the Independent National Electoral Commission had rejected his name, this too was not true.
Now they have vowed to proceed to the law courts to launch another attack.
This too shall fail as all the other previous ones.
We appeal to the PDP to concentrate and sell their candidates and agenda to the electorate and not dissipate energy on running down Chief Dr. Ortom and invariably the Ortom/Abounu ticket as all these efforts will prove abortive.
The former Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, had served his fatherland at various levels with an impeccable record and nothing can ever be found to incriminate him.
His emergence as APC governorship candidate was also in accordance with the constitution and guidelines of the party as well as the Electoral Act.
May we appeal to APC members and all lovers of change across the state to ignore PDP antics and remain resolute in their support for the Ortom/Abounu ticket which is solidly on ground across the state and poised to win at the forthcoming polls.
In God we trust.
Ortom/Abounu Governorship Organization.