Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) not to postpone this year’s general election over claims of insecurity as speculated.
Gov. Ortom also appealed to the commission to consider extending the deadline for the collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to enable all those who registered to obtain their cards to vote during the polls.
Gov. Ortom made the remark when he paid a courtesy call on the new Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Sam Egwu at the INEC headquarters in Makurdi. The governor said the scepticism that has arisen following a statement purported to have emanated from INEC about fears of insecurity ahead of the forthcoming election should be discountenanced.
“Our prayer is that, whatever happens, let us go ahead and conduct the elections because Nigerians and Benue State people particularly are eagerly waiting for it. Let us not create a situation where enemies of this country will take advantage. In my own little way of suggesting and helping INEC and of course, the Federal Government, if there are specific areas where insecurity is intense and there are problems, they should work towards shifting the elections not postponing the elections and when the other places are completed, they can go back and complete it and announce results.”
Governor Ortom continued: “I understand the leg of collecting PVCs at the ward level is terminating on Sunday and then the other ones at the local government. I want to appeal if it is possible because this one is not about politics, it is not about partisanship, it is not about political parties, it is about everybody, but looking at what the result is for today, I want to appeal if that can be extended for one week.