The All Progressives Congress (APC) is planning to thumb-print ballot papers ahead of the Benue governorship supplementary election in the state, the Benue Youth Forum (BYF) has alleged.
According to the BYF, “Our reliable sources at INEC have disclosed that the All Progressives Congress, (APC) leadership has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately release to it ballot papers and result sheets for all the polling units where the re-run governorship election is to hold in Benue State.
“This is to help the party to thumb-print the ballot papers and fill the result sheets before the 23rd March supplementary election.
“APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole secretly arrived Makurdi on Sunday night and was still in town Tuesday morning to supervise the evil plot.
“Bola Tinubu is expected in Makurdi tomorrow to add to the pressure already mounted on the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Benue State to release the sensitive election materials to APC.
“APC has recruited many Fulani militia members who will be given military uniform to wear and go to polling units where they will arrest PDP agents and leaders of the party who will want to prove stubborn on the day of the election.
“As youths of the state, we find this plot APC as devilish and anti-people and we will resist it with the last drop of our blood.
“Benue people took a decision on the 9th of March to renew the mandate they gave Governor Samuel Ortom in 2015.
“The people overwhelmingly voted for the Governor who now has 81,000 lead against his closest opponent.
“We advise INEC to be firm and resist the pressure to deny Benue people their right to decide who governs them.
“INEC must say NO to APC’s maneuvers to truncate democracy through rigging of the supplementary election in Benue State.
“We are aware that all uncollected Permanent Voter’s Cards, PVCs were returned and kept at Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN in Makurdi. We also have the statistics of the number of PVCs collected in all the polling units where the re-run election is billed to hold.”
It, therefore, warned the National Chairman of the APC Adams Oshiomhole and other leaders of the party to stay award from Benue state.