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Governorship Election: Ortom optimistic of victory after voting

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By Peter Duru, Makurdi

Governor Samuel Ortom has expressed optimism that he would win Saturday’s governorship election stressing that the Peoples Democratic Party, would strengthen its dominance in the state at the end of the polls.


The Governor who spoke shortly after casting his vote at LGEA Primary School Ako Polling unit, Gbajimba Guma Local Government Area said he had anchored his match to victory on God who ordain leaders.

According to him, “victory belongs to God and I trust in God that I will be victorious at the end of the day.”

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On the turn out of voters, Governor Ortom said, “you can see that people are here to cast their votes and we have done massive mobilization and some other people are still on their way coming despite the security challenges.

“We want to thank the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the timely delivery of sensitive and non-sensitive materials, this early take off is also an indication that the process will be completed on time.

“I received information that a man and his son were killed in Gbajimba by alleged militia men sponsored by the All Progressives Congress, APC, I had earlier given a comprehensive report to the Assistant Inspector General, AIG, when we heard that they were coming to stage attacks especially where we have massive supports.

“I have already communicated the security agencies and I pray that these people will be apprehended.

“Though security is inadequate which again is a general challenge, so they have to make do with what we have. I am impressed that AIG came himself to supervise what is happening in this council ward.

“We have more than 10 council wards in Guma and I hope he will go round these wards to monitor things.

Continuing, he said, “From the reports I have gotten, there is nothing to worry about except that in one local government where I heard of the burning of election materials in some wards but I think the security men are on top of the situation to bring it under control so that the people can go and vote.

“I know that there is going to be massive turnout even more than what we had last week. I know that so many people will turn out to cast their votes this time.”

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