The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom who is alleging that he’s life was under threat has once again issued a stern warning against the government who he said are planning to rig elections.
Ortom, said the state will resist any attempt to rig the 2019 general elections in the area.
The governor made this know this on Monday in Makurdi while swearing-in the Chairman and Commissioners of the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC).
The governor, who was represented by Deputy, Mr Benson Abounu, said that the state government would want the people’s will to prevail and ensure that votes count. NAN quoted him as saying;
”Only those who will genuinely win will be declared winners. We will not accept rigging by whatever guise.
”We are not interested in rigging and we will do everything possible to stop those who will want to rig in the state.
“Anyone who thinks he can rig and get away with it will have himself to blame.”
“As you know, the tenure of the present local government administration in the state will soon come to an end.
“You must ensure the conduct of free and fair election to usher in the new local council executives.
“Your swearing-in into office is one of the ways to promote democracy and the ball is in your court to ensure that every vote counts.
“The present administration is anchored on fear of God and has zero tolerance for corruption and this is none negotiable.
“If you declare a loser winner, you are a corrupt person, so, you must ensure a credible, transparent, free and fair process that will produce the next local government council leaders.