Benue Governor Samuel Ortom withdrew his complaint to the Senate Election Tribunal against Dr. Titus Zam of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
At the national assembly election on February 25, Mr. Zam received 143,151 votes, defeating Mr. Ortom, who received 106,882 votes to win the Benue North-West Senatorial seat.
After meeting on Tuesday in Makurdi with members of the State Executive Council, the PDP, stakeholders in Zone B, and his Senate Campaign Council, Mr. Ortom made this statement.
He claimed that despite obvious electoral irregularities, he chose to withdraw the petition for the sake of it.
“Even though there was obvious proof of irregularities, such as the failure to electronically transmit the results during the election, I have decided to withdraw my petition from the tribunal.“
“A man can get nothing until it is delivered to him directly from heaven, the Bible states in John 3:27.”
“Let me emphasize that the decision to drop my case from the court was made in the interest of peace and without regard to the lawsuits brought by other candidates for our party, the PDP,” Mr. Ortom added.
He pledged that as the PDP’s leader, he would work with other leaders to support the party and make it possible.
The governor told the residents of the state that, until the conclusion of his term on May 29, 2023, he would continue to give selfless service in all areas of development.
“I request your forgiveness, as I also forgive those who have offended me, for those I may have offended in this journey of serving the state and our country,” he added.
He praised the Benue people for their fortitude, emphasising that they participated in the polls despite being flagrantly provoked and intimidated by the federal power.
“It was an honour to serve the people of the state as governor,” Mr. Ortom added, thanking the PDP in the state in particular for its support.
“Within this period, I have executed the mandate given to me by God almighty through Benue people and I will always be available and ready to carry out God’s mandate as He directs me.”
“In the course of serving the state, I have always ensured equity, fairness, justic, and the rule of law,” he added.