Ortom urges massive turnout for Saturday rerun
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has urged voters in places where Governorship and other rerun elections are to be conducted in the state on Saturday to turn out and exercise their civic duty.
Ortom made the call in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Tahav Agerzua.
He appealed to electorates to turn up early for the exercise even as he advised the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to address identified lapses so as to ensure hitch-free, transparent, fair and credible polls.
The Governor urged the voters to 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.
According to the statement, “Governor Ortom who commended the people of the state for maintaining law and order during the recent elections appealed to them to sustain the peaceful conduct even as he urged 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 preference 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 on Saturday,” the statement read.