Ahead of next year’s general election, former Governor of Benue State and Senator representing Benue North East, Senator Gabriel Suswam, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) “for tackling the issue of ballot-box snatching in elections in Nigeria with the introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS) into the electoral system.”
Suswam stated this during the flag-off of the Benue North East Senatorial campaigns in Adikpo, headquarters of Kwande Local Government Area, LGA, of Benue State, warning those “who are contemplating snatching ballot boxes in the 2023 election to shelve the idea and rather concentrate on canvassing support for their parties.”
“The era of ballot box and other electoral materials-snatching is over. If you snatch a ballot box you are wasting your time,” he stressed. “All you need to do is to man your polling units with your Permanent Voters Card, (PVC), to ensure victory for our party,” Suswam reiterated.
The former Benue State Governor further advised members and supporters of the party to refrain from campaign of acrimony and insults and focus on issue-based campaigns.
For his part, State Governor Samuel Ortom expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would win overwhelmingly the 2023 general elections, explaining that the massive turnout at the event was a clear indication that Benue North East would vote massively for the PDP.
“I make bold to say that the Benue North West and Benue South Senatorial Districts are the strongholds of the PDP in the State,” he said. “Come 2023 it will be PDP all the way. Our party will sweep all the positions.”
The Governor further assured that members of the party would continue to work together for the good of the state and PDP, stressing that he believed in unanimity of purpose.
The party’s governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Titus Uba, represented by his running mate, Mr. John Ngbede advised the people to remain united and support the party, saying if they were united, victory would be theirs.
Also, the Guest Speaker, Dr. Paul Orhii, urged the party faithful to support all the party’s candidates from bottom to top to enable them attract valuable things for their constituents.
Orhii particularly urged them to vote massively for Suswam to enable him pull more things for them.
Director-General (DG) of the senatorial district PDP Campaign, Dr. Paul Ubwa, urged the people of the area to vote massively for Suswam because he had done well as a Senator, stressing that he deserved to be elected for a second term.
Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar said Suswam deserved to be reelected as a result of his quality representation, even as the chairperson of the occasion, Mrs. Mwuese Ubebe, also assured that women in the zone would work for the victory of PDP at both the state and national levels.