Benue Rerun: Youths threaten wars over FG’s planned manipulation, say Akume, Jime working with Benue enemies
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Benue Youths Alliance , BYA, has sent a strong danger signal to the federal government to shelf its plan to militarize and manipulate the March 23 governorship supplementary election in the state.
The Youth Alliance said in a press statement signed by its National President, Comrade Julius Ochoga, that the entire Benue Youths will be ready to go into a full blown war with the federal government and the APC if there is a failure to stop their evil plans to prevent voters will on the day of the rerun.
According to the youths, it is a shame for a former governor of the state and serving senator, Senator George Akume, and APC governorship candidate, Mr. Emmanuel Jime, to be working with Fulani herders and other enemies of Benue state all in the name of politics.
The youths threatened further that they wouldn’t hesitate to turn the entire Benue state to a warring zone if the security reports which unraveled the APC/FG’s plans to bring soldiers to snatch ballot boxes from the Polling Units where rerun would hold on March 23 is anything to go by.
They continued that it would be wrong for the INEC to release uncollected PVCs to any of the political parties, stressing that the youths will come out in their thousands to defend their votes and as well prevent over voting on that day.
They said: “The total number of registered voters is 121,000 but there are records which indicate that the total numbers of those that collected their PVCs and who are also eligible to vote in the affected areas are less than 60,000 so we do not know the magic which they want to use to make Mr. Jime overtake the existing 81,000 votes which Governor Ortom already has when the eligible voters for the rerun are less than 60,000”
The statement reads in parts: “We the youths of Benue state are not partisan. We aren’t supporting any of the candidates including Governor Samuel Ortom but what we want is that our votes must count.
” The people say that want Governor Ortom to continue till 2023 as a result of the good things he had done as governor but Senator Akume is working with the APC and other enemies of Benhe state in Abuja to shortchange us. We will not accept this and we are ready to go into a full blown war to stop them.
“Tinubu and Oshiomole must firstly go and set their respective states ablaze and feel what war means before coming to Benue to manipulate the people’s will.
” Their plans are to install a Miyetti Allah candidate as governor and then take our lands for the Fulanis but we will not let that happen. Any attempt to fraudulently remove Governor Ortom just because he is defending and protecting his people will be rejected by all of us. We won’t mind going into serious wars with their soldiers both fake and real.
” We understand that they are bringing both fake and real soldiers for the purpose causing fears and ballot boxes hijacking but we will resist it. Senator Akume will be made to pay for his evil if he tries to set Benue state ablaze. His candidate, Jime, has been rejected but they still forced the INEC to declare the election inconclusive.
“Now that they are aware that their candidate will still not win the rerun, they have started pressurising the INEC boss in Benue state to help them inflate the numbers of those who collected PVCs in the affected areas.
” If they think they can lead Benue state to war, we too will be ready to face them in that war. Senator Akume had been governor, he had his own two terms even when there was nothing to show for it but he still doesn’t want Ortom to enjoy his own tenure.
“We are not unaware about how he, Akume, was forcing Governor Ortom to give him public funds at the detriment of the Benue people. We are aware of the setback and challenges he brought to Ortom’s administration within the first 3 years in office, and how he prevented the governor from performing to expectations.
” We shall make Akume explain before the Tiv Traditional Council on the reasons he decided to fight Governor Ortom shortly after he signed the Anti Open Grazing Bill which is meant to protect the Benue people. We shall force him to explain why he is supporting the enemies of the people of Benue state.
“We shall make him explain why he collected over N5b from the Miyetti Allah Association under the guise of using it to fund Jime’s campaigns and cede our lands to them.
” Benue people are very wise and they have decided to back Ortom, the man who is protecting them and their lands. Bringing Jime now means trying to return us back to Egypt and we are fully ready give out our lives to stop it.
“We will be ready to fight the soldiers and other security operatives if they try to manipulate the peoples will during the rerun”