The Kogi State Presidential Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party, has called on the Acting Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, to compel the the Kogi State Government, to urgently disarm thugs allegedly armed by the state against the oppositions in the state.
In a statement, by Usman Austin Okai.Head, Media and Publicity, Kogi State PDP Presidential Campaign Council, however said that the party would remain unshaken, unperturbed and undistracted in the face of unwarranted provocation and attacks perpetrated by thugs on the payroll of the state government.
But reacting to the development, the Director General Media and Publicity, to Kogi State Governor, Kingsley Fanwo has slammed the opposition, PDP, for “spreading fake news and leveling reckless accusations against the Governor over claims of attacks in the State”, stating that PDP is merely “wailing over its imminent defeat in the State”.
But the opposition party, said it is resolutely in its determination to restle power from the ruling APC, saying that that no extent of intimidation will cause members of the Peoples Democratic Party toe the part of the ruling party as it match towards the coming presidential election.
“For the records, we confirm without fear of contradiction that the outgoing governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Adoza Bello has made good His threat to kill any individual who poses a threat to the re-election of outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We draw the attention of Nigerians to the various materials in circulation not excluding feeds from the Social Media handle of some members of the ruling APC wherein various veiled threats to fund and instigate violence in Kogi State.
“We remind Nigerians that just last week, empirical proof was provided to back up the truth that the Chief of Staff to the Kogi State Governor, Mr. Edward Onoja convened a meeting with selected aides of His principal wherein orders were conveyed instructing the attendees to work hand in hand with certain thugs already recruited to implement the sinister agenda of the governor.
“It is therefore only crucial that we intimate the world about the newest twist as follows:
In Girinya area of Lokoja, no fewer than 3 giant sized bill boards belonging to the PDP and it’s House of Representatives candidate for the Lokoja / Koton Karfe Federal Constituency, Hon. Barr. Ibrahim Shaaba have been destroyed by heavily armed thugs led by one Saliu Saidu.
He said in Ebeha area of Koton Karfe, a coordinated attack on PDP materials is currently underway. “We note that as at now, every single poster of PDP candidates contesting elections into various posts have been either torn or smeared with condemned oil.
” In Lokoja metropolis, well known thugs, heavily armed and supervised by aides of accidental Governor, Yahaya Adoza Bello have had a field day in the last 24 hours setting fire to wooden billboards mounted by PDP candidates as well as smearing other materials with condemned oil, engine oil and in some cases paint.
“In Ijumu LGA, no less a person than Chief Abiodun Ojo, a former finance commissioner in Kogi State was severely attacked by thugs protected by appointees of the Kogi State Governor in the process of which His Lexus SUV was vandalized beyond salvage value.
“We equally note that an attack on supporters of Hon. Barr. Ibrahim Shaaba was only averted because His supporters and other members of the PDP choosed civility over savagery.
“In view of the aforementioned episodes, we loudly call on the acting inspector general of the Nigeria Police to urgently address these cases of a clear attempt by the APC to disturb public peace, breach the rights of members of the PDP to campaign as well as instigate violence.
At the instance of the Director General of the campaign council, His Excellency, the Rt. Hon. Clarence Olafemi, members of the PDP are once again advised not toe the parts of the ruling party in the state .
“We advise our members to show restraint and avoid joining issues with members of the APC like lepers.
“The council however advises all lovers of democracy to remain resolute because there is hope.
“We charge the high command of the Nigeria police force to call the Kogi State Governor to order and sternly compel Him to desist from further acts capable to endangering the integrity of the 2019 elections.
“While we remain focused on only the issues which will define the elections, we strongly hope that the greater interest of Nigeria will guide the sinking APC, accidental governor, Yahaya Adoza Bello and outgoing President, Muhammadu Buhari to quietly prepare their handover notes and speed up plans for life in retirement.
But Fanwo in Mopa while fielding questions from journalists during the campaign tour of the Yagba Federal Constituency Candidate of the APC, Mr Henry Abimbola, said APC believes in hardwork and will continue to work hard to win elections.
“You can see how we have been working hard to market our candidates. They stay indoors only to be making false press statements to cause panic and whip up sentiments.
“The people of Kogi State do not believe them anymore after the chains of lies leading to the Presidential rally in the State. Kogi people are well informed and will not subscribe to cheap and unintelligent propaganda by the People’s Democratic Party.
“We have remained mute because we don’t want them to distract us. We are doing serious consultation across Kogi State to win at the polls freely and fairly. We have gone round the nooks and crannies of the State and we are getting more prepared by the day for the final funeral of the PDP in Kogi State.
“It is laughable and profoundly stupefying that PDP is alleging APC of breeding thugs ahead of the election. Under the leadership of Alh. Yahaya Bello, thuggery has become a thing of the past and thugs have been disarmed.
“We may need to remind PDP that the government formed by them raised thugs and sponsored some of their thugs into the House of Assembly. What laws will a thug and gunrunner make? In Yahaya Bello’s Kogi, there is no room for thuggery anymore”.
“Fanwo urged the PDP to roll up its sleeves and be ready for “issue based campaign devoid of falsehood and statements capable of overheating the political environment”.
“He said Government is prepared to deal with any thug or their sponsors who may wish to return the state to “the dark days in which the keys to Government House were in the hands of thugs”, assuring the people of the state of Governor Bello’s readiness to guarantee a peaceful state before, during and after the general elections”.
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