Electoral Act Was Violated During Presidential, NASS Elections – Ortom
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has claimed that the electoral act was breached in last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.
In a statement on Tuesday by his media aide, Terver Akase, the Benue governor said his team is assessing the situation and will make his position known soon.
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to disregard the concerns raised by Nigerians about alleged irregularities during the general election.
The governor also called on the electoral agency to take necessary action to avoid plunging the country into violence and chaos.
Ortom, however, urged the people of the state to remain calm, law-abiding, and as peaceful as they have been.
He said: “Though several violations of the electoral act were witnessed in the conduct of the presidential and national assembly elections, my team is assessing the situation and will make my position known soon.
“I urge the people of the state to remain calm, law-abiding, and as peaceful as they have been.
“Despite the pre-election apprehensions, voters in the 23 local government areas of the state went out to exercise their civic responsibility and no major breach of peace has been recorded in any part of the state.
“I commend the resilience of those who were able to vote during the elections despite the current economic situation in the country.”
The governor commended PDP for supporting his senatorial bid and thanked residents who cast their votes for him during the Benue north-west senatorial election.
Naija News reported that Ortom lost his senatorial bid to Titus Zam, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the state.
The Benue governor polled 106,882 votes while Zam won with 143,151 votes.