Lalong Used N20b IDPs Money To Rig Elections – Useni

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BY CHAMBERLAIN ODEY, JOS – The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State, Senator Jeremiah T. Useni has accused Governor Simon Lalong of misappropriating the N20 billion federal government’s grants for the rehabilitation of internally displaced persons (IDPs), currently wallowing in different camps across the state to fund elections rigging and sundry electoral sharp practices.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s gubernatorial supplementary elections in some wards and local government areas in the state, Useni described the alleged diversion as sad and unfortunate, saying that Lalong will account for the misappropriation and criminal diversion of funds meant for the amelioration of the plight of victims of attacks and sectarian crises in the state.

Useni also expressed disappointment over INEC’s declaration of the earlier gubernatorial election in the state as “inconclusive,” noting that “the Plateau PDP State Campaign Council, stakeholders, and all supporters of the party worked very hard for an outright win”.

Commending the people of Plateau for their perseverance and commitment to the PDP, Useni also noted that the results released by the INEC showed that the PDP maintained very good scores across all the LGAs in the state.

He said; “This is in spite of the widespread thumb printing, vote buying, and outright intimidation by some security men who had absolutely no business to do with the elections.

“Civil servants and our traditional rulers were threatened to either deliver to the APC or lose their jobs, or be dethroned, and votes were simply allocated to the APC or bought with large sums of money. In some places, PDP supporters were not allowed to vote, or had their votes torn to pieces”.

The former minister of the FCT described the recent elections as the worst in Nigeria’s electoral history, stressing that the entire exercise was grossly below standards, as it was replete with under hand practices and shenanigans.

According to him; “It is no wonder that we are having re-run for nine local government areas in the state”.

Reiterating his interest in only one term of four years, the gubernatorial candidate also emphasized that his mission is to restore the lost glory of the state.

Calling on all to come out and vote on Saturday without fear of intimidation, Useni said he believes that what matters more is how well you serve, not how long.

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