In the interest of peace, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has withdrawn his petition against the election of Senator-Elect, Chief Titus Zam. of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
In his words: “Even though there was glaring evidence of malpractices including non-transmission of results electronically during the conduct of the Benue North West Senatorial election, I have taken the decision to withdraw my case from the tribunal. As the Bible says in John 3:27 ‘A man can receive nothing, except it is given to him from heaven’.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Zam as Senator-Elect for Benue North West.
Zam polled 143,141 votes to defeat Governor Samuel Ortom of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 106,880 votes.
Addressing reporters at Government House Makurdi, Ortom said: “The decision to withdraw my case from the court is in the interest of peace and without prejudice to the suits filed by other candidates of our party, PDP.
“As a leader of PDP, I will continue to support the party in collaboration with other leaders to enable it to bounce back from the mistakes and drawbacks that are affecting it at the moment.
“Let me reassure the people of Benue State that as Governor, I will continue to provide selfless service in all sectors of development till the end of my tenure on May 29, 2023.
“For those I might have offended in this journey of serving the state and our country, I seek their forgiveness, as I also forgive those who have offended me.”