March 18, (THEWILL) – Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), against shifting the goal post, in order for other political parties to have advantage over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ortom, who spoke after casting his vote at GSS Gbajumba, the headquarters of Guma local Government area, expressed the hope that INEC has taken note of the great mistake it made during the voting exercise and transmission of results.
“You cannot shift the goal post in the middle of the game. That is what INEC did last time. I commended just like today. On the part of the electorate, they did well, as you can see, the BVAS, the accreditation and the voting process has been made. The challenge is why did they not upload result of the election electronically as stipulated in their guidelines”, he asked.
“That is what we were working with and you go and shift the goal post and that is how the election was rigged and we are completely dissatisfied with what had happened. It is unacceptable and that is why we have gone to court because we are law abiding citizens and we want everybody to be free, we don’t want crisis.”
According to him, there is peace everywhere in the voting process, saying the opposition is jittery and that is why they are accusing the PDP of severally arming militia with weapons, among others.
“I have tried to find out in other locations in Guma local Government here and other places in the state, there is no crisis whatsoever. Let everybody go and vote, but let INEC do the needful.”
Governor Ortom said people want the result to be transmitted to know who has the highest votes and not going to doctor it under any pretence that there is problem with the server.
According to him, the international observers have completely disagreed with the process, which produced who emerged as the winner.
Governor Ortom expressed happiness with the level of turnout by voters, noting that people are more sensitised and are out to protect their votes until it is transmitted.