Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Benue Governorship tussle, the Police in Benue says they are fully prepared to maintain peace and secure lives and property in the state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the defeated Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Emmanuel Jime and the APC are challenging the return of Gov. Samuel Ortom of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by INEC alleging electoral malpractices.
The duo is also praying the court to set aside Ortom’s victory and declare Jime winner of the March 9,2019 governorship elections.
Jime and the APC lost their bid to upturn the elections at the Governorship Election and Petitions Tribunal and at the Appeal Court, where their petitions were thrown out.
NAN reports that the Supreme Court is delivering judgment on the matter today.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Benue, Mrs. Sewuese Anene, told NAN on Tuesday in Makurdi that police operatives were already ” out there to maintain law and order”.
” We are well prepared; we won’t tolerate any breakdown of law and order,” Anene warned
Also speaking to NAN, the Coordinator of the Foundation for Justice Development and Peace, Rev.Fr Remigius Ihyula, sued for calm and absolute trust in God in the outcome of the Supreme Court verdict.
” I appeal for calm, trust in God; whoever wins at the apex court, either Jime or Ortom, should extend the olive branch to the other and work to bring back the lost glory of the state.
” He should work hard to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths of the state,” Ihyula advised.