Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Wednesday warned election riggers to stay out of the state or have themselves to blame in 2023.
He handed the warning in an interview with newsmen in Makurdi shortly after his return from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum meeting in Abuja.
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“I think as a country we have come of age. We cannot go back to analogue when the whole world is going digital. Mr. President must have a rethink. I want to advise him not to sign the amendment to the Electoral Act without electronic transmission.
“For us here in the state (Benue), we will be fully mobilised, anyone that comes to rig election in 2023, should say his last prayer. You cannot rig where we are in the majority. It is impossible,” he said.
Reacting, Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, James Ornguga, said the governor and his party knew nothing other than to rig elections.
“The Bible says the wicked run when no one is pursuing them and that is exactly what PDP in Benue is doing. Outside rigging, Gov. Ortom and PDP cannot win any election in Benue.
“APC is ready for him this time. We will not allow him to rig elections in Benue State again. His comment is mere emotional blackmail,” he said.