The Ortom/Abounu Governorship Campaign Organization yesterday, 2nd April, 2015, received reliable information that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has concluded plans to massively rig the April 11 governorship and state assembly polls in Benue State.
Impeccable Benue Government House sources disclosed that leader of the party in the state, Governor Gabriel Suswam, who lost last Saturday’s Senatorial Election, held a meeting with his militia group called the Civilian Joint Task Force at Government House yesterday during which he gave them marching orders on how to rig the elections.
According to the sources Governor Suswam vowed to do everything within his power to avert another electoral defeat hence his resort to the services of the militia which he had recruited, trained, and equipped with sophisticated weapons under the pretext of raising resistance to incessant herdsmen attacks in the state.
The sources listed the kidnapping of APC stalwarts and supporters in order to prevent them from mobilizing further support for the party and voting, destruction of card readers, snatching of electoral materials before and after elections as well as burning of collation centres as part of the brief.
The Governor is reported to have been bitter particularly with card readers which he said were largely responsible for his defeat and directed the group to ensure that they were destroyed at all polling units in the next round of elections.
He is said to have instructed the militia to deploy overwhelming violence to prevent another APC victory and assured that he would give them all the needed logistic support and funding.
The Ortom/Abounu Governorship Campaign organization therefore appeals to security agencies to forestall the plans and prevent a breakdown of law and order in the state.
We also advise members of the militia group that the political ship has set sail leaving Dr Suswam behind and it is foolhardy for anyone to put his life at risk in the service of someone whose political sun has set no matter the inducement.
The electorate is also urged to be vigilant, prepared, and ready to resist intimidation and threats to undermine the electoral process by coming out in large numbers to overwhelm the attackers and exercise their civic responsibility.
Ortom / Abounu Governorship Campaign Organization.