Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has denied media reports that the All Progressives Congress had hired thugs to kidnap former Senate President, David Mark, ahead of the February 20 Benue South Senatorial District rerun.
Ortom said this on Tuesday in Makurdi while talking to journalists.
He described the reports as “completely untrue, malicious and unfounded”.
According to him, nobody is interested in such a thing.
He said: “If you will recall, since my assumption of office as governor, I banned all forms of thuggery and recovered arms in the hands of unauthorised persons.”
Ortom said that the APC had an upper hand in Benue South Senatorial District since all the top members of Mark’s party, the Peoples Democratic Party, from the area had decamped to the APC.
The governor assured the electorate in the senatorial district of adequate security to guarantee their safety during and after the polls.
He urged the people of the state to disregard such false alarm and go about their legitimate affairs without fear of molestation.
Ortom also said security personnel had been deployed to curtail further outbreak of hostilities between herdsmen and farmers in Agatu.
He appealed to both parties to shield their swords and work together to promote their wellbeing.
He blamed the persistent skirmishes on non demarcation of grazing lands due to population expansion and growth of modern cities.
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