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Benue: Jime, APC Drag Gov Ortom To Election Tribunal, Seek To Upturn Victory. (Image Courtesy: The Sun Nigeria)

The Benue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said there are facts that Governor Samuel Ortom won the election.

Concise News that the candidate of the defeated gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last elections in Benue State Emmanuel Jime are challenging Ortom’s win.

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In a statement by the PDP noted that “This delusion of theirs is based on claims they are bandying that the second term mandate currently being enjoyed by Gov. Samuel Ortom of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a stolen one.

“In a goodwill message on the occasion of the Inaugural June 12 Democracy Day celebration held recently, Jime attempted to draw similarities between the recognition accorded June 12 and the Benue 2019 election assuring his supporters of victory at the tribunal.

“But the elementary fallacy starring Jime and his supporters in the face is how they could possibly hope to assume the role of the judge in a case they also are parties?

“Furthermore, even the circumstantial facts establish clearly that right from the campaigns to the elections proper Jime and APC in the state weren’t ready for a free and fair electoral contest.”

He added that  “Inspite of massive rigging of the polls by APC in parts of the state during the elections, characterised by widespread vote buying, the people’s votes still truly counted in favour of Gov. Ortom, both at the first round of the ballot and in the supplementary polls.

“What more proof could be needed of APC’s desperation during the elections to win by crooked methods than the fact that Jime himself was caught red-handed by security agents with huge sums of freshly minted currency notes deployed for vote buying on the day of the governorship election.

“This ugly incident was widely carried in the media and the APC Guber candidate has since failed to clear himself of that heinous act after the polls to this day.”

According to him, “Benue people gave their mandate to Gov. Samuel Ortom for a second term of office, and this was in defiance of the menacing stance of a “federal might”, therefore, it is clear to see that claims of a stolen mandate are merely delusory.

“However, those claims are evidently still the opium deluding APC members to still keep faith with their decaying party, and possibly yielding handsome rewards to the APC guber flagbearer in form of donations from groups and individuals.”