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Zamfara ANPP, PDP trade accusations over rigging
THE two leading governorship candidates in Benue State, Governor Gabriel Suswam of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Prof. Steve Ugbah of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), on Monday resumed their campaign tours for the April 26 governorship and state House of Assembly elections.

Governor Suswam headed for Otukpo, headquarters of Benue-South Senatorial District, to meet with voters in the area.

He led the PDP campaign team to meet with leaders of the Idoma Nation in a bid to maintain the advantage that the PDP has enjoyed since April 9 when elections started in the area.

Suswam assured the people that he would use his second term to create wealth for them, stating that it was necessary for the people of the state to remain in the mainstream of the nation's politics.

On his part, Prof. Ugbah met with political stakeholders in Makurdi and Gwer local councils of the state. He spoke on the need for change, pointing out that the incumbent governor, Suswam, has failed to deliver democracy dividend to the people of the state despite the available resources.

He urged the people of the state to vote for the ACN and also ensure that their votes are defended from politicians who may want to subvert the will of the people.

Meanwhile, ahead the gubernatorial elections, two rival political parties in Zamfara State, All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have been trading accusations over alleged plans to rig the election.

In separate petition letters addressed to the state Commissioner of Police copied to security agencies and journalists in the state, the ANPP said it reliably gathered that meetings were held last Sunday and Monday by top PDP state government officials where the possibility of rigging subsequent elections through violence at poling units was discussed.

ANPP alleged that the PDP has embarked on unwanted arrests and detention of ANPP leaders and stakeholders across the state in an effort to scare its teeming supporters from participate in the governorship polls.