——this is a falsehood taken too far, says Fanwo
—–NYSC coordinator expresses fears over safety of corps members
The Peoples Democratic Party, Lokoja local government chapter have accused the Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello of breeding fake policemen ahead of Saturday general elections.
But in a swift reaction to the allegation the Director General Media and Strategy to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo described the allegation as falsehood taken too far in the name of politics .
According to him, PDP has reduced itself to allegations peddling party instead of campaigning as hard as the APC, saying the ruling party under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello has campaigned hard across the state and confident of winning the elections convincingly.
Meanwhile the has also cautioned the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kogi state, Prof. James Apam of his alleged plans to compromise the forthcoming Presidential and National Assembly elections by substituting trained adhoc staff for preferred APC candidates.
This was contained in a statement signed by Idris Lokoja, Chairman of PDP in the council which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja on Wednesday .
The Chairman expressed worries over the way and manner thugs were armed with guns and dangerous weapons to unleash terror on oppositions in the state.
He however accused the REC of given out the unclaimed PVC of the local government area to the ruling APC, describing the actions as a ploy to rig the elections.
Idris called on the agents in all the polling units of Lokoja not only to be vigilante of persons that would present the unclaimed PVC given to the APC by the REC, but reject such PVC, raise alarm and report to security agencies.
“We have it on a good authority that the adhoc staff replaced by the APC members have been directed to accept such PVC but we will resist such attempt.
“We equally frowned at the besieging Lokoja residence of former governor Ibrahim Idris on Friday by fake police and soldiers when leaders of the PDP were holding a meeting on the eve of the botched Presidential and National Assembly elections.
“As a political party and major opposition in the state we are worried by the fact that the fake police and soldiers were escorted out of the government house Lokoja by genuine policemen” the statement lamented.
In the same vein the Kogi State coordinator of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Ahile Oludolapo has expressed worry over the rumour making the round that NYSC kits are being made available for fake corps members in the state
She expressed fear of some of the genuine corps members may be kidnapped and swaped by those corps members.
“The parents of the Corps members don’t want them to participate in the postponed election again after their ordeal in the botched election but I stood for the safety of the corps members.
I am actually not happy that APC is.not here, I expected all the politicians to be here. Governor Yahaya Bello has been good to the NYSC I don’t have any Personal problem with Governor Yahaya Bello, he is my Friend, he is.my brother. So I am not speaking against him but I expected that the APC would have.been here because this election is among all the political parties and we want them to hear what we are saying.
She also listed other problems encountered by the corps members to include, inadequate security, lack of conducive accommodation, saying that INEC should do the needful before the rescheduled elections.
The resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof James Apam said there should be no fear of corps members being used to conduct elections.
He said there is no way they would just come and take over to conduct elections as they would not know how to use the card readers as they are not trained for that. “There is no way.”
On how prepared the commission is, the REC said they are prepared, saying that “we have received additional materials and in fact we are still expecting some this evening, we have configured the smart card readers and we will mobilise to the field as scheduled.
” There cannot be fake corpers , we have posted corpers to the polling units there is no way anybody can take their duty from them they will conduct the election and report back to us.
On the efforts being made to sensitized the electorate that have been discouraged due to the postponement he said, even the meeting they have just had is part of that effort to sensitized them and we will still go to the radio.
“The meeting is about telling people about the preparation that has been made , we have talked about things that needed to be done that have been done. We have also told the agents to be at the central Bank tomorrow to witness the distribution of the materials.
The Police however threw the challenge to the politicians that they are the ones recruiting the thugs, “it is an appeal to them to also play their role in ensuring that there is no violence.
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