Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, urges voters in places where Governorship and other rerun elections are to be conducted next Saturday, 23rd March, 2019, to turn out and exercise their civic duty.
He appeals to them to turn up early for the exercise even as he advises the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to address identified lapses so as to ensure hitch-free, transparent, fair and credible polls.
The Governor wishes that the voters would brave all the odds including real and imaginary unusual security deployments and ensure that they exercise their franchise as well as guard and protect their votes.
Governor Ortom who commends the people for maintaining law and order during the recent elections appeals to them to sustain the peaceful conduct even as he urges all stakeholders in the electoral process to resist all forms of inducements to subvert the system but rather to demonstrate the highest level of patriotism.
He reiterates his pledge that the state government would support the security agencies to maintain law and order in all parts of the state and insists that they conduct themselves professionally and do not allow any individual or organization to exert undue influence on them.
The Governor reminds all that we all owe our country committed loyalty and unalloyed patriotism stressing that any breach of the peace was detrimental to all.
He says he knows that from the results of the last elections the people of the state have indicated their clear prefence for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and all its candidates.
The Governor who expresses appreciation to the Benue electorate for voting massively for the PDP is confident that the people will seal the renewal of the mandate they gave him freely and massively in 2015 by consolidating on his lead at the 9th March Governorship polls.
Special Adviser, Media and ICT.
21st March, 2019.