Just after the concluded governorship election in Benue state, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress has rejected the result of the election.
Hy Naija understands that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Samuel Ortom won the election.
The party in a statement that was released on Sundays stated that the results did not reflect the wishes of the people.
In a statement signed by Prof. Eugene Aliegba, Secretary Jime/Ode Campaign Organisation, claimed that the party will challenge the result in court.
Ortom who was declared as the winner of the election had scored 434,473 votes to defeat Emmanuel Jime of the APC, who scored 345,155 votes.
The statement declared that the outcome of the poll was “totally unacceptable to the APC”.
The party took the opportunity to appreciate the people of the state for voting for Jime and Sam Ode in the election.
APC prayed that God will reward them for their trust and confidence in the team.
“When we embarked on this journey many months ago, it was to translate to reality the dreams of a better future for our suffering people.”
“We toured the entire state and made our case for wealth creation through agriculture, education reforms, infrastructure development and a welfare package for our senior citizens.”
“We told our people of our plans for improved capacity and welfare for civil servants, and a health policy that covers all Benue residents.”
“Our messages resonated with the electorate because they could tell that our projects were about service, not hinged on intent to occupy office for the sake of it.”
“But, even as the results declared did not appear to reflect the will of most of these same people, we call on our supporters to remain calm and law abiding as they had been throughout the campaigns and electioneering period.”
“They have our full assurance that as a party that believes in democracy, we will not accept a stolen election,” it added.
“Going into this contest, we were well aware of the fact that only one of two outcomes was possible – either we win fairly in line with the massive support we earned from the people, or another winner emerges through a credible and transparent process.”
“We did not anticipate a third option that confers advantage to those who play dubiously outside the laid down rules of the game,”
“We will make a case before the Elections Petitions Tribunal to subject the Benue governorship elections result to an integrity test. If we opt otherwise, we will be as guilty as those who undertake acts that undermine democracy.”
“We have chosen to take action that insulates democracy from practices that threaten it,” the statement said.
The party, therefore, urged its members and well wishers to remain calm and refrain from acts that would jeopardise the existing peace in the state.