I WAS PRESSURISED TO GO TO TRIBUAL – AKUME

Senator George Akume, Benue North West senatorial district said he was prevailed upon by his supporters to head to the Benue Elections Petitions Tribunal to challenge the election that declared his opponent, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Orker Jev winner of the election in the zone.
“It was our mandate that was stolen,” said the Senator as he commenced the commissioning of some of his constituency projects which he alleged have also been sabotaged.
Akume who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the election contested against Jev, of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who is also the Member, representing, Buruku Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives among others.
However, Akume is challenging the election of Jev, alleging that it was characterised by irregularities.
The incumbent Senator, gave reasons for heading to the tribunal, while commissioning a skills acquisition and training center for women and youth at Ikpayongo, Gwer East Local Government Area (LGA) of the state as part of his constituency projects.
According to him, his supporters among them elders and youths in the zone had prevailed on him to take the matter before the tribunal.
Akume further alleged that the said election was characterised by “ballot box snatching, vote buying, intimidation and macheting of APC supporters in the senatorial district.
While he appreciated the people of the area for voting for President Muhammadu Buhari, he stated that the APC was in the lead “until fake votes stated emanating from Guma (home LGA of Governor, Samuel Ortom) and Suswam (immediate past governor of the state, Gabriel Suswam).
He said, “However, I am glad and deeply appreciative for the roles played by various groups and individuals in the just concluded elections which have recorded another milestone in our democratic evolution..
“We may have made mistakes only to gain more experience for the task ahead now that we have re-enforced a stronger conviction towards regaining our victory, for evil cannot triumph over truth and justice.”
While commissioning the project, Akume who said he was fulfilled by the action, noted that the commissioning of the project is a breakaway from the culture of project failure by the Ortom administration, to that of project completion.
The Senator however lamented that it was unfortunate that governance was no longer measured by performance in office but by sentiments.
He said, “I feel highly fulfilled today to have these projects commissioned at this moment of our great transformation, from a looming culture of projects failure to project completion that is in conformity with the sanity measures of President Buhari’s administration.
“Today, I am proud to uphold my covenant with the people on the promise made earlier on these projects which I initiated as part of my legislative responsibility.
“Emerging from a turbulent electoral exercise that was marred by visible irregularities, there couldn’t have been a better time to commission these projects than now, hence we resisted the necessity of advertising projects as the tradition with political campaigns.
“Though, the implementation process endured systemic pressures and sabotage, we have finally ensured its completion, hence the need to commission it today. I really feel a fulfilled servant of the people.
“Electoral campaigns became characterised by falsehood and propaganda; notwithstanding, the circumstances and outcome of the contest, we feel obliged to present our scorecard at the end of an eventful tenure.” he stated.

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