Attacks on Ortom expose APC as bad losers- Akase
We have read a number of scathing statements in the media credited to key members of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Benue State since the governorship election was concluded and Governor Samuel Ortom declared winner.
The utterances of the APC leaders show that they are very bad losers and as people who do not have good intentions for the state. What they fail to realize is that Governor Ortom is a peace-loving man as demonstrated in the hand of fellowship he has extended to the opposition after the election, but that is certainly not a sign of weakness.
These are the same people who unanimously endorsed Governor Ortom as gubernatorial candidate when he was still in APC. It was the Governor who advised that other aspirants should also be allowed to contest for the party’s ticket in line with the tenets of internal democracy.
For a man who won the governorship seat on the APC platform in 2015 and has emerged victorious on PDP ticket in 2019 is proof of the confidence Benue people have in Governor Ortom.
What happened in the 2019 elections in Benue State was a clear case of God’s Might through the people. Voters of the State chose to reject damaging propaganda anchored on falsehood and stood on the side of truth to vote for Governor Ortom in whom they saw hope for a greater Benue and the assurance of their existence as a people. PDP offered the people love and reason to be trusted while APC threatened the people with impunity and vengeance.
It is on record that Peoples Democratic Party, PDP won the 2019 presidential election in Benue State, three Senatorial seats and six House of Representatives positions leaving APC with just one House of Representatives seat.
In addition to emerging victorious in the governorship election, PDP also won majority of the seats in the 30-member Benue State House of Assembly, leaving APC with only six seats.
We thought that the statistics of this defeat will humble APC and make them to accept the fact that Benue people have rejected the party as it has now lost its place as main opposition party to other political parties who did much better in this year’s polls.
APC’s rigging machine collapsed under the watchful eyes of Benue voters in most parts of the State even after they succeeded in manipulating the polls in Tarka local government area and a few other places.
APC in Benue State is yet to respond to the arrest of the personal driver of its governorship candidate, Emmanuel Jime in whose position security operatives found huge sums of money on election day apparently meant for vote buying.
It should be recalled that when the 9th March, 2019 governorship election was declared inconclusive in Benue State, APC members across the State rolled out drums in jubilation. They hailed Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC saying the commission was ‘properly guided’ in it’s decision to call for supplementary election. A few days later, when it became obvious that their plot to force INEC to declare their governorship candidate winner would not succeed, leaders and members of APC began to blackmail and criticize the electoral umpire.
The truth remains that in all the areas APC claims that PDP rigged the election, they have not provided evidence to back their claims. If they have any proof of manipulation, the Elections Tribunal is the right place to channel such grievances not pages of newspapers.