The Benue state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) has taken a swipe at the state Deputy Governor, Chief Benson Abounu for calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) to declare the Benue South rerun election won by it inconclusive .
The electoral umpire has since declared PDP candidate, Senator David Mark in the election winner. He polled a total vote of 84,192 against the All Progressive Party ( APC) candidate Daniel Onjeh who scored 71,621 votes
The PDP woman leader in Benue state Mrs. Abeje Egwa in a reaction today told Abounu to accept the defeat of his party in the rerun election in good faith.
Mrs. Egwa pointedly who accused the Deputy governor of involvement in electoral misdemeanors alleging that “Abounu made several attempts to cause mayhem during the election”.
She recalled that after the Deputy governor failed in his attempts at disrupting the election he is now seeking refuge in wild and unfounded allegations.
According to Mrs. Egwa ” The Deputy governor used security at his disposal to intimidate voters not only at his Otukpo -Icho polling unit but at various other units while moving around under the guise of monitoring the election.
“Although Abounu and his cohorts were resisted , he however led security aides and thugs to other polling units attempting to disrupt the election in areas considered the strong hold of the PDP.
“It is shameful for a current Deputy Governor for out of fear of defeat attempted to relocate a polling unit to his personal house . When the attempt failed , he resorted to using the state apparatus to harass and intimidate voters “.
She alleged that after the defeat suffered by the Deputy Governor, instead of imbibing the spirit of sportsmanship, Mr Abounu resorted to crude and barbaric intimidation of PDP supporters who defeated him last Saturday by using security apparatus at his disposal to harass, intimidate and clamp them into unwarranted detention.
“As we speak, PDP members could no longer sleep in Okete ward as Abounu is using the police in Otukpo to clamp down on them. They are being arrested and detained arbitrarily . Their onLy offence was that they defeated the Deputy Governor in his polling unit, ward and Local Government” she disclosed.
Mrs. Egwa therefore called on President Muhammad Buhari and Governor Samuel Ortom to call Abounu to order so as to stop him from causing further violence in Benue South.
Source : Gist Arena