Ahead of Saturday’s supplementary governorship election in Benue state, governor Samuel Ortom has pledged to resist any attempts stationed to mar the credibility of the process.
Ortom made this known at the State Government House in Markudi when he recieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives Members-elect from the state, who showed their certificate of return to him.
The governor who charged security agents and staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be professional during the supplementary election, emphasized on the need to provide a conducive atmosphere for a free and credible exercise.
Also Speaking on the decision of INEC to declare the process inconclusive, Ortom said, ” I took the decision of the electoral body to declare the March 9th Governorship election inconclusive in good faith with the conviction that nothing was going to affect the victory of the PDP at the polls”.
He congratulated the members-elect on their victories, and expressed confidence over the outcome of the Saturday’s supplementary polls.
Rt. Hon Mark Gbillah, reelected House of Representatives member representing Gwer-East and Gwer-West, on behalf of his colleagues, stated they paid the visit to thank the governor for his support for them at the polls.
Gbillah assured that their return would put them in a more conducive position to mobilise support for his reelection and formally present their Certificates of Return to him as a mark of gratitude and appreciation.
Among the House of Representatives Members-elect present during the visit are, Messrs. Bob Tyough for Kwande/Ushongo; Richard Gbande Logo/Ukum/Katsina-Ala; Kpamor Jimin Sokpo for Buruku; Benjamin Mzondu, Makurdi/Guma and Dr. Francis Ottah Agbo for Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo federal constituencies.