Ahead of the Benue south senatorial district re-run polls scheduled for this Saturday, Governor Samuel Ortom has raised the alarm over plans by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to unleash mayhem on voters in other to intimidate them from voting.
The governor, however, assured the people of Zone ‘C’, who have their permanent voters’ card, to turn out en mass and exercise their franchise.
Governor Ortom stated that as Chief Security Officer of the State, he wishes to assure them that adequate security has been provided for people to be able to come out and exercise their franchise freely without fear of molestation.
He said the state government was aware of plans of the opposition to intimidate voters and cajole them into voting against their choice adding that a governor from an opposition state even came to Benue with militants, who have threatened to unleash mayhem on voters.
According to Ortom, the opposition was bent on causing confusion and unleashing mayhem because they know that their party cannot win on a level playing ground.
He also assured that all the conventional security agencies from Benue and neighboring states have been mobilized to give protection to voters in particular and citizens in general.
“Our administration which won election popularly and overwhelmingly without resort to thugs or violence is committed to providing a level playing field for the people to vote in a free, fair, and transparent election”, he stressed.
“Let the will of the people prevail”.
Mr. Ortom warned those who have no business with the election to steer clear of the district as security agencies will deal decisively with those bent on causing trouble and hindering the electoral process.
He reiterated the government’s resolve to protect voters and those going about their normal business, adding that they have nothing to fear.