LG Aspirant Slams Lawsuit Against Governor Ortom, APC Over Postponed Polls

Mr. Jonathan Ahangba Zege, an aspirant in the postponed local government elections in Benue state is proceeding to court .

He is suing Governor Samuel Ortom , the All Progressives Congress (APC) and  the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission, BSIEC, for conspiring to defraud him of the sum of N5.5million.
According to reports by Daily Trust, Jonathan Ahangba Zege told reporters  his decision followed the expiration of a 30-day statutory notice to the governor and the two other defendants, to pay him his claims, which he said he incurred through the purchase of intent form, and nomination form, as well as the funds he expended on consultations and campaigns with stakeholders in Vandeikya Local Area Government where he bided to become the chairman.
The electoral body, Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) had issued guidelines and the timetable for the election which was billed for September, two months ago. But this was postponed afterwards on claims that the state lacked the resources to fund the conduct of the exercise. In the place of the elected officers intended for that election, the governor has long appointed party members to oversee the councils.

Zege, who attached documents to prove he is a member of the party, said the decision to postpone the election without due communication with him smacked of a conspiracy between the three defendants against him after he had already spent the whopping sum on preparations to participate in the exercise.
“I’m now compelled to instruct my legal representation to proceed to file for damages since there is no response within the 30 days of notice,” Zege said.

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