Voters in Benue State in their numbers through strict adherence to COVID-19 lay down procedure came out yesterday to exercise their franchise by selecting leaders of their choice at the third tier of Government.
Governor Samuel Ortom who spoke to journalists after casting his vote at Akor Polling unit one among the units that were relocated from their original places to Gbajimba town in Guma LG, the home LG of the Governor, said he has confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will win with a landside victory.
According to him,the party has worked for victory in all the 276 council wards across the 23 LG of the state saying that is why in most of the local governments, the candidates are unopposed.
“The opposition parties in the state did not even care to participate in the elections, it seems they are not interested in the process, although in some LG there are few opposition candidates participating in the elections”
The Governor lamented a situation where the APC has not shown any commitments or interest in the LG election but went to court just to truncate the process but however the court said no we can not stop the elections.
“We are law abiding, you know that several State are not even thinking of conducting any election but it is a constitutional provision that election should hold at the LG so we thank God we are here to conduct the election on this day of 30th May 2020, Despite COVID-19 we told our people to maintain social distance while on queue to vote because the pandemic is real”
“I want to advise all the electorate to wear face mask while on queue and also maintain social distance and as well go home immediately after casting their vote to avoid over crowding and also allow other electorate to exercise their franchise as a measure to guide against community spread of COVID-19”
In an interview with one of the electorate Mr. Adega Aondoade after casting his vote at Akor polling unit in Guma LG explained that Seven polling units which were affected by the Herdsmen attacks are move from their original places to Central Primary School Gbajimba for the fear of the unknown.
According to him the affected polling units includes Iordye, Akor, Ormegha, Tomanyiin, Ahentse and Tse- Gwa
Our correspondent who went round to monitor the election s
observedbthat most electorate were coming in batches to vote to avoid
over crowding of the polling units and in most places visit voter were
on queue as early as 8:am waiting for accreditation.