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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, urges every eligible voter in the state to turn out and exercise his or her civic duty in next Saturday’s Governorship and State Assembly Elections.

He appeals to them to turn up early for the exercise even as he advises the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to address lapses which were identified in the February 23rd 2019 polls so as to ensure a hitch-free, transparent, fair and credible polls.

The Governor wishes that the voters would 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.

He urges them to disregard the rumours making the rounds that INEC has specifically configured card readers to the disadvantage of polling units dominated by supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the Commission has denied such reports.

Governor Ortom appeals to the people of the state to sustain the peaceful conduct which they exhibited during the Presidential and National Assembly Elections even as he urges 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 pledges 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 prefence and is convinced that they also know those who have genuine love for them as well as the pretenders and their betrayers.

The Governor is confident that Benue people will once again renew the mandate they gave him freely and massively in 2015.

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