Why I withdrew petition challenging my defeat at senatorial poll — Ortom
Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, says he accepted defeat at
the February 25 national assembly poll because he does not want to “stress” the
people of the state.
Ortom was defeated by Titus Zam of the All Progressives
Congress (APC) in the Benue north-west senatorial election.
The governor had initially vowed to challenge the outcome at
the election tribunal, claiming that he was
“clinically and electronically” rigged out.
A few days later, Ortom withdrew his petition against the
Addressing the development in a chat with Arise TV on
Friday, the Benue governor claimed that he had “glaring evidence” of
malfeasance but decided against challenging the result.
Ortom added that Benue people had gone through enough
“trauma” and he did not want to add to their ordeal.
“My losing the senatorial bid does not really matter to me,”
the governor said.
“Initially, I filed
the suit. But I had to withdraw it because of peace. Especially for Benue
state. The kind of trauma that my people have gone through, with two million
people in IDP camps and people running here and there.
“Poverty is all over the place. Why should I get myself
involved in stressing our people up? I decided to withdraw the case,
irrespective of the evidence that I have.”
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