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    2023: Try Election Rigging And Risk Jail Term – Ortom Warns Benue Citizens


    May 4, 2022

    Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has warned electorates, government officials and members of his cabinet to avoid disrupting the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

    According to him, anyone caught in election rigging, irrespective of his/her status, will be prosecuted immediately.

    Naija News understands that Ortom stated this at the expanded caucus meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the State on Tuesday, May 3.

    Speaking at the event which was held at the Benue People’s House, Makurdi, Ortom reiterated his commitment to free, fair and credible primary elections.

    The Governor boasts that the recently concluded council elections in the State where the PDP won all the 23 chairmanship slots and 276 councillors in the State is proof of the people’s appreciation of the PDP administration.

    Addressing party loyals and citizens of the state yesterday ahead of the forthcoming PDP primaries, Governor Ortom said, “We will not tolerate anyone who will want to disrupt the primary elections. I am going to be personally involved. My cabinet members will be involved in the process too.”

    He warned that “any member of my cabinet that will go there (primaries) and do any form of shortchanging, will be sacked the same day”.

    Ortom again felicitated with winners in the LGA polls, stressing that “I participated. I voted. It was very smooth, free and fair.”

    On his part, the State Chairman of PDP, Sir John Ngbede, said the PDP Ward Congress of Saturday, 30th April 2022, was hugely successful, except for a pocket of complaints from a few LGAs, which he said would be addressed by the appeal committee.

    Ngbede warned against the use of thugs to cause mayhem in the forthcoming party primaries, saying anyone caught with such an act would be handed over to the security agencies for prosecution, “no matter the status of the individual”.

    This article was originally published on Nigeria News

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