PDP alleges plot to disrupt Kogi, Bayelsa governorship elections
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