There are indications that the Peoples Democratic Party had concluded plan to hijack the governorship and the state House of Assembly elections on April 11 in Benue State, IPN reports.
It reveals plot by Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State to rig the forthcoming governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
We were told by several sources close to the governor and the Honourable Tarzoor/Ngbede Campaign Organization that there are plans afoot to import militants from the Niger Delta where Tarzoor has connections to disrupt the elections violently so as to give the People’s Democratic Party to opportunity to hijack it.
The Governor held series of meeting with his kitchen cabinet and the campaign organization in which he was alleged to have said that PDP cannot afford to lose Benue having lost woefully at the Presidential and National Assembly elections. He is alleged to have agreed to fund the activities to the tune of N 3 Billion even as the state continues to owe workers salaries for months.
The strategy for this disruption would includes but not limited to ballot box snatches, falsification of results, removal and diversion of original result sheets to homes of PDP chieftains and commissioners, where false figures would be entered into the results sheets, intimidation and attack on perceived political opponents, inducing and compromising NYSC ad-hoc employees to subvert the will of Benue people.
As part of the this overall strategy, our investigation reveals further that the Governor is alleged to have made arrangement with the Police, the Army, the SSS through the State Director of the SSS and the security operatives to support their rigging plan to take out the original result sheets from INEC on or before Thursday, April 10, with a view to filling in the original results sheets at yet to be named strategic locations in the state prior to the commencement of election on Saturday, 11.
The governor was further said to have instructed his party faithful to ignore the use of Card Reader for accreditation and to hijack all election materials from both the state and in all the INEC offices located in every local government area of the state.
In the Benue South Senatorial Zone, which was the strongest base of the PDP, plans are being made to use the Army, the Vigilantes etc to terrorize the people from voting APC or to coerce the INEC adhoc staff from using the card readers for accreditation. For the Senate President and the Minister of Interior, it is said to be a do or die affair as without a win in the Gubernatorial Election they are likely to see their political relevance in the affairs of the area nosedive.
Every attempt to speak to the PDP were rebuffed. On the part of the APC we were told that they are aware of the plans and that they are putting strategies in place to thwart those plans. We were told that they will not allow the will of the people to be subverted by the non performing government of Suswam or allow him to impose his protege Hon. Terhemen Tarzoor on the people. They ask the people to be vigilant. They should not only vote but guide the votes to make it count as it was on March 28th.