The Benue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, against interfering in the February 20 rerun election in Benue-South senatorial district.
The opposition party also warned the All Progressives Congress in the state against rigging and violence during the election.
The election is being contested by a former Senate President, David Mark of the PDP, and Daniel Onjeh of the APC.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen on Saturday, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the state, Godwin Ayihe, said the party had uncovered plans by some politicians to hire hoodlums who would impersonate security agents in order to rig the election.
The PDP spokesperson also asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to investigate the alleged arbitrary arrests of some PDP members who are close to Senator Mark.
Ayihe urged Arase to avert violence during the poll by looking into the petition written by the PDP, adding that the party would resist any attempt to rig the election or cause violence.
He said, “We are calling on Governor Ortom not to interfere in the election. As the governor of the state, he should monitor the election from the state capital, Makurdi. This is because the governor is not from the Benue-South senatorial district. There are three senatorial districts in Benue. Politicians from the two other districts have no business coming to Benue-South during the election.
“Apart from this, we have uncovered plans by some politicians to recruit hoodlums to impersonate security agents during the election. The plan is to rig the election. We have written a petition to raise the alarm over this. We are calling on the IGP to also investigate arbitrary arrests of some PDP supporters who are close to Senator David Mark.
“We shall not watch while our mandate is stolen from us. We will not wait to go to the tribunal to rectify irregularities in the election. We will abide by the law but we will not allow the APC to manipulate the election.”
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