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I am Contesting 2023 Senatorial Election Under LP – Lawmaker, Gbillah

The Member Representing Gwer East/West Federal Constituency of Benue State Mark Gbillah has clarified that he is contesting next year’s Senatorial election for Benue North West Zone B, under the platform of the Labour party.

He made the clarification while briefing the House of Representatives Press Corps at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.

Mr Gbillah denied the allegations that he belongs to two political parties and contesting under same.

According to him, the allegations are false, malicious, premeditated, unfounded and a figment of the criminal and depraved imagination of an online TV that he claimed was conscripted by his opponents and detractors since his emergence as candidate of the Labour party.

The lawmaker said the allegations were intended to misinform, mislead and discourage his supporters by trying to bring his candidacy to disrepute and give his opponent an advantage over him at the polls.

The House of Representatives member called the attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the National Security Adviser, the Nigeria Police Force, the Department of State Services (DSS) and other relevant security agencies on the issue and protection of his life and that of his family.

He acknowledged the publication of INEC on 20th September 2022 of the list of Presidential, Senatorial and House of Representatives candidates for the 2023 general election that indicated his name as the candidate for both Labour Party and New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP, for Benue North-West Senatorial District Election and maintained that the publication was erroneous and without his knowledge.

According to him, he has since initiated necessary legal action against INEC and NNPP in order to correct the grievous error which is alleged to have occurred because of NNPP’S inability to upload the names of their replacement candidate to the INEC portal within the timeline provided by INEC and INEC’S publication of the last name sent by NNPP without taking into cognizance his resignation of membership and withdrawal as candidate of the NNPP for the Benue North-West Senatorial District election which was accompanied by an affidavit of 7th July 2022 and his decision of joining the Labour Party and participating in the Labour Party rescheduled Senatorial primaries for Benue North-West Senatorial District on 11thJuly 2022 where he was returned elected unopposed as the Labour Party candidate for the election.

He pointed out that these documents are all in INEC’S possession including INEC’S own report of NNPP’S rescheduled Senatorial primaries to substitute the candidate for Benue North-West Senatorial District which held on 12th July 2022 at the NNPP state secretariat where a certain Ako Aondoaver Francis was returned elected as NNPP’S new candidate for the election to replace him.

Mr Gbillah reassured the public especially members of his family, friends, well-wishers and supporters that he remains the Labour Party candidate for the Benue North-West Senatorial election in the 2023 general election and will definitely and unfailingly be on the ballot for that election.

He added that he has given the necessary instructions to his lawyers to immediately institute legal action against all those who maliciously allowed themselves to be used to disseminate the unfounded and premeditated news item and those who have been involved in previous online slander against him to serve as a deterrent to others.

BY IFEANYI OSITA. EDITED BY GRACE NAMIJI

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