Tension over delay of election results In Benue


There is anxiety and tension over delays in collation and announcement of results of the presidential and national assembly elections from Benue North-East And North-West zones.

As at press time, results from Benue South have been announced but there have been no official word on results from the northern Tiv speaking part of the state, a hot bed of the opposition where Gov Gabriel Suswam is seeking the senatorial seat.

This delay have been a cause of concern for voters who are wondering what might have been the problem hindering election results, two days after voting despite the favourable geographical disposition of the state.

Already the APC have cried foul over what they perceived as plans to manipulation of results in the region by the PDP. In a press release by their spokesperson, Mr Tahav Agerzua, the APC alleged that they were leading from results announced at the wards but the PDP were preventing the collation of results in an attempt to manipulate the results, “especially in the Benue North senatorial District where APC has won obviously, the PDP is trying to manipulate it.” he said.

Just as the news of these allegations broke last night, the INEC office at Ugbah, headquarters of Logo LGA was burned down by gunmen suspected to be political thugs.
Eyewitnesses said the entire Ugba town became rowdy as people were scampering for safety, with sporadic gunshots which resulted to injury of several persons.
It was further learnt that the armed men who unleashed the terror were dressed in military uniform.

As long as the results are not announced, that region of Benue State remains a battleground with more twists and turns expected.


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