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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Buhari govt, security heads, governors plan to rig elections – Benue Youths allege

Benue Youth Forum (BYF) has raised alarm over alleged conspiracy to rig the 2019 elections in Benue State.


Kuanum Terrence, BYF President, in a statement on Tuesday, said the the group had reliable information that three northern governors and top security officials in the Muhammadu Buhari administration were involved in the conspiracy to rig the 2019 elections in Benue State.
He said part of the conspiracy was the planned accelerated promotion of the immediate past Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood and his eventual deployment to Benue as Police Commissioner

BYF noted: “Our sources reveal that the conspirators have convinced President Buhari that it is only through rigging that APC can have their way in the coming elections because of the towering popularity of the incumbent Governor, Samuel Ortom.
“It was the same group of conspirators that sponsored the failed attempt to impeach Governor Ortom in July last year using eight members of the Benue State House of Assembly. Their anchor man in the state is Senator George Akume.
“We wish to urge the plotters to shelve their evil agenda and allow peace to reign in Benue. Their plan is dead on arrival.


“We want to warn that no one can rig the 2019 elections in Benue State and go scot free. We youths of the state are prepared to resist impunity of any kind and pave way for free and fair elections.
“Benue was invaded last year by armed Fulani herdsmen, yet the Federal Government led by President Buhari whose responsibility it is to protect us looked the other way and rather mocked us and danced on the graves of our loved ones. We will therefore not accept political invasion!
“We call on President Buhari to dissuade his aides and the said governors from the plot. Two of the three governors in question are also seeking re-election and do not know their fate yet, so we urge them to concentrate on their election and leave Benue alone.
“We Benue people have vowed to ensure free and fair elections. We will therefore not allow any external influence from enemies of the state to decide who leads us.
“We call on Benue people to stand solidly behind Governor Ortom for his resilience in seeking justice for our people. We also urge the Governor to remain resolute, for we are behind him and will never waiver until justice is attained for our people.”

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