DAILY FILE – Governor Samuel Ortom has claimed that the All Progressives Congress, APC, is only delaying the evil day against them by using the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to postpone the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The Governor who spoke today in Makurdi while reacting to the postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections by the umpire body by one week said whether they shift it to any date, Benue People and Nigerians would still reject them at the polls.
He stated that the postponement was planned as evidenced in the statement credited to the leader of the APC in the state, Senator George Akume that they would cause the election to be postponed and write results.
The Governor described the development as unfortunate, saying for the INEC to postpone the election it took more than three years to plan, few hours to the commencement of voting when people had travelled from far places to exercise their franchise was a rape of democracy.
He stated that the action was a grand plan by the APC-led federal government to rig the election, noting however that Benue State and North Central in general was vigilant and would not allow any form of rigging during the polls.
Governor Ortom stated that the people of North Central Zone are prepared for a free, fair, credible and transparent election that would usher in leaders who will anchor the Nigerian democracy based on the rule of law compared to the APC where there is no regard for the rule of law.
He said dictatorship, nepotism among others were major characteristics of the present APC-led government at the centre where the constitution of the country is no longer respected, saying the party was just delaying the evil day against them.
According to the Governor, the APC which has the resources and claims to be fighting corruption is the worst culprit of corruption in the history of Nigeria, saying it was insensitive to postpone an election the way and manner the umpire body had done.
He noted that he was ready to sacrifice the last drop of his blood to ensure democracy thrives in Nigeria, pointing out that democracy remains the only option that could give liberty to Nigerians and add value to the development of the country.
Governor Ortom urged President Muhammadu Buhari to remember the words of the late elder statesman, Maitama Sule who told him when he went to congratulate him on his victory in 2015 that he should ensure his leadership was anchored on the rule of law, truthfulness and integrity where the interest of Nigerians would be protected far and above personal interest.
He said he was disappointed in the INEC chairman whom he said had subjected Nigerians to untold hardship, saying the people are angry and even those who were sympathizing with the president would be forced to change their minds.
Governor however sued for calm and patience among Nigerians, adding that what they needed to do at this critical time was to keep a date with the rescheduled elections in order to elect leaders of their choice.
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