Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Benue State chapter, boycotted the council election held within the state at this time. That is at the same time as low turnout of voters marred the polls.
A press release signed by the Publicity Secretary of APC, James Ornguga, and made accessible to newsmen in Makurdi on Friday acknowledged that the social gathering resolved to boycott the council polls “as a result of it has been programmed to favour the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) candidates.”
Within the assertion, the APC stated, “we now have acquired considerations from the media and most people relating to APC’s preparedness for tomorrow’s native authorities elections in Benue State.
“That is to tell most people that the All Progressives Congress, APC in Benue State just isn’t social gathering to the kangaroo native authorities election which is already programmed to handpick and declare all PDP candidates.
“Our social gathering was ready for the election and submitted a listing of validly nominated candidates however sadly, the Benue State Unbiased Electoral Fee, BSIEC performing the script of Benue State Authorities declared all APC candidates as not correctly nominated therefore, disqualified.
“The matter remains to be in court docket however we now have been excluded and APC shall not function on the poll tomorrow for any place.
“We name on our teeming supporters to not waste their time going to vote tomorrow for the method is a mere formality, devoid of credibility.
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We additionally urge all APC candidates who have been illegally disqualified to not categorical any remorse as those that received chairmanship and councillorship elections in Benue since 2017 are nonetheless owed numerous shades of allowances until date.
Our social gathering is regrouping and strategizing for victory in 2023 and shall not be deterred by each ill- therapy accorded us this second.”
In the meantime, our correspondent noticed low turnout of voters in many of the items visited. Additionally, in a few of the polling items, some voters complained that electoral officers have been nowhere to be discovered whereas in others, the place there have been electoral officers with supplies; many of the voters didn’t end up.
Some voters in such items, who spoke to The Nation, alleged that even when they vote, their votes wouldn’t depend, in order that they determined to boycott the polls altogether.
Nonetheless, Governor Samuel Ortom and John Ngbede of PDP forged their votes of their polling items in Agatu and Gbajimba cities respectively.
Benue State Unbiased Electoral Fee (BSIEC) Chairman, Tersoo Loko, described the election as ‘free and honest.’
In his response after casting his vote, Ortom expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the election by the state’s electoral umpire and expressed optimism that his social gathering, PDP, will win the elections.