enue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday flayed the allegation by All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state that it was planning to stage a violent protest ahead of the Supreme Court judgement involving Governor Samuel Ortom and Emmanuel Jime.
The said protest was to be staged tomorrow being the day of the judgement.
The objective of the said protest, APC said; “is to blackmail the panel of Supreme Court justices create a tensed atmosphere in the state and court unmerited sympathy.”
Acting state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. James Ornguga, in a statement described the said protest as desperation, strange and needless.
But the PDP, in a reaction, said it had no intention to hold any protest in Makurdi or anywhere regarding the case of Jime’s legal battle against Governor Ortom’s victory at the 2019 polls, and as such was not sponsoring anyone to protest anywhere.
The party’s state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bemgba Iortyom, said in a statement that the party was awaiting the verdict of the Supreme Court fully, conscious of the solidity and validity of the victory won by the PDP and its candidates during the 2019 elections.
“It was from the inception of the litigation by Jime and APC their onus to prove how they won the 2019 governorship in a state where PDP won three out of three Senate seats, seven out of 11 House of Representatives seats and 23 out of 30 state House of Assembly seats; up for contest at that round of elections.
“We understand that the judgement given by the apex court in the Imo State governorship election in favour of Hope Uzodinma and APC, where they lost virtually all other elections and presently have not a single member in the Imo State House of Assembly, has whetted the appetite of the opposition party in Benue to frenzied levels.”
He implored supporters of the party in the state not to be distracted by the antics of the opposition, as according to him, “such have become the opium used by the leadership of the party to manipulate and keep alive the hopes and morale of its gullible supporters, having led them to disaster and defeat in 2019 under the illusory trust in federal might.
“In 2019, PDP in Benue State trusted in God Almighty and the Benue electorate, and we triumphed resoundingly against the fabled federal might, in 2020 too, our trust base has not changed, and yet again it is our unflinching faith that we will triumph against another fable known as Imo miracle,” Iortyom said.