PDP al­leges plot to dis­rupt Kogi, Bayelsa gov­er­nor­ship elec­tions

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The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) has al­leged that the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) was in­cit­ing vi­o­lence in Kogi and Bayelsa states, with a view to cause con­fu­sion, frus­trate the elec­toral process and pos­si­bly im­pede the forth­com­ing gov­er­nor­ship elec­tions in the states.

The al­le­ga­tion came about the time of the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the APC cam­paign com­mit­tee for the gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in Kogi

The PDP claimed that the APC, hav­ing re­al­ized that it did not have the sup­port of the elec­torate in the two states, planned to dis­rupt the elec­tions by us­ing thugs.

A state­ment yesterday by the PDP na­tional pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary, Chief Olisa Me­tuh, called on the peo­ple of Kogi and Bayelsa states to be vig­i­lant and en­sure that they did not fall prey to the rul­ing party’s ploy.

“The APC has per­fected a heinous plot to in­ject cri­sis in Kogi and Bayelsa, os­ten­si­bly to frus­trate the elec­toral pro­ce­dures within the con­sti­tu­tional time frame, so as to pre­vent PDP can­di­dates, gover­nors Idris Wada and Se­ri­ake Dick­son, from be­ing re-elected into of­fice,” the PDP al­leged.

The party there called on Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to see the two forth­com­ing elec­tions as lit­mus test of his demo­cratic cre­den­tials.

The PDP also ap­pealed to all se­cu­rity agen­cies and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to note the “evil machi­na­tion” of the APC and hold them re­spon­si­ble for any un­to­ward in­ci­dent.

In a sep­a­rate de­vel­op­ment, the na­tional chair­man of the APC, Chief John Odigie Oye­gun, said the gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in Kogi State is a must-win for the party.

Oye­gun stated this dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the na­tional cam­paign com­mit­tee for the state elec­tion at the party’s head­quar­ters in Abuja.

He said Kogi elec­tion would be the first elec­tion for the party to test its strength af­ter the last gen­eral elec­tions.

Oye­gun said his party was able to de­feat and re­move a mon­strous regime at the cen­tre, as­sur­ing that the Kogi elec­tion will not be a big prob­lem for the party.

The chair­man an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Gover­nor Abubakar Bello of Niger State as the chair­man of the cam­paign com­mit­tee, with all its gover­nors in the north cen­tral as mem­bers.

The can­di­date of the party, Prince Abubakar Audu, said at the event that he would re­turn Kogi to the fold of the APC.

He lamented that the state, which used to be the fastest grow­ing, was to­day the most back­ward in the coun­try.

Among those present at the oc­ca­sion were gover­nors Abubakar Bello, Ab­dul­fa­tah Ahmed, Solomon La­long and Sa­muel Or­ton.

INEC act­ing chair­man

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