By Peter Duru.
Makurdi– Youths believed to be members of All Progressives Congress, the other day, went on rampage in Makurdi town, ruining Guv Samuel Ortom’s and Peoples Democratic Celebration, PDP, project signboards.
The stated youths, who relocated a motorcade, produced stress and worry in the town while individuals scuttled for security for worry of being captured in a reprisal by PDP youths. It nevertheless took the intervention of the Authorities to avoid a crisis in the town.
Responding to the advancement, Guv Ortom attracted PDP fans and citizens to work out restraint and stay calm.
In a declaration by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, the guv stated: “We should all stay calm in spite of the justification by some youths of APC who went on rampage today ruining signboards and posters coming from PDP within the State capital.
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” Senator George Akume who moved the youths to start the damage of PDP project products is just regreting his defeat at last Saturday’s election by prompting youths to trigger chaos in Makurdi and other towns in the State.
” Given That 1999, Dr. George Akume has actually been winning elections however those he beat never ever went on rampage in the town to prompt youths versus him. They accepted defeat in great faith and those who were aggrieved took their cases to the election tribunal to look for redress.
” For him to lose the last election and pick to start damage of project signboards and posters of his challengers consequently triggering traffic issues in the area, is rather regrettable and regrettable.
” As a leader, Akume is anticipated to be a fine example to the young generation by toeing the course of peace in the interest of the state. I recommend him and anybody else who wishes to destabilise Benue State to appreciate the guideline of law and method the courts if they feel aggrieved over outcomes of the elections.”.
Responding, the state Promotion Secretary of APC, Mr. James Ornguga, firmly insisted that Senator Akume never ever authorised the damage of PDP signboards in the town.
Ornguga stated: “What took place was that today Senator Akume drove around town in a motorcade to commemorate the triumph of President Muhammadu Buhari; he did not even welcome his celebration fans to join him.
” Nevertheless, out of happiness his fans followed him. So I was even amazed when I went through High Level Roundabout and saw what took place. He did not authorise that at all.
” In truth, when I brought it to his notification, he marvelled and condemned it highly, stating that such practice was primitive, barbaric and not in tandem with modern democratic culture at all.
” So he has actually cautioned those behind the act to stop it forthwith.”