The Peoples Democratic Party in Benue State has vowed to contest the results of the last Saturday election at the presidential Election Petition Tribunal and the National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal.
The ruling party in the state which had gone to the presidential and National Assembly elections lost the two senatorial and 10 Federal House of Representatives seats to the All Progressive Congress.
Addressing journalists at the party secretariat located along Otukpo Road, Makurdi, on Friday, the acting chairman of PDP in the state, Isaac Teryila said that the party was going to challenge the results of some local government areas due to what he described as breaches of extant laws.
Though, the local government areas where the party plans to challenge results were not stated, Teryila said, “PDP in Benue State rejects the outcome of both the Presidential and National Assembly elections held in certain local government areas of Benue State on 25th February, 2023, for the reason of the breaches of law cited above.
“Our great party calls for the cancellation of the results returned from those local government areas and has duly forwarded a Letter of Protest to INEC to that effect.
“We have equally mandated our Legal Department to approach the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal and the National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal both sitting in Makurdi to challenge the results of the elections in those local government areas as returned and announced by INEC.
Recall that PDP in the State was divided prior to the election, while the State Governor, Samuel Ortom had directed his supporters to vote’ the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi’ the three Senators in the State; Gabriel Suswam, Orker Jev and Abba Moro as well as the national chairman of the party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu had called on the people to vote for the party and it’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The party also dispelled rumour that its gubernatorial candidate had stepped down.