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Published On: Thu, Feb 21st, 2019

Three ex-governors, 2 Senators, others urge Abubakar, IGP to wade into Kogi political crisis

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By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stakeholders in Kogi State have, again, cried out over what they called the frightening political situation in the state, saying violence, thuggery, arson, kidnapping and extra judicial killings have become the order of the day.
The Chairman of PDP in Kogi state, Mr Samuel Uhuotu raised the alarm while addressing journalists on behalf of party’s stakeholders in Abuja on Wednesday.
At the stakeholders’ media conference, where two former governors of the state, Alhaji Idris Ibrahim Idris and captain Idris Wada, former acting governor of the state, Hon Clarence Olafemi, Senator Dino Melaye, Senator Tunde Ogbeha, Mr Yomi Awoniyi, former Deputy governor of the state and some House of Representatives were in attendance, Uhuotu lamented the horrendous dislocation of the lives of the citizenry in Kogi State in the build-up to and during the forthcoming general elections.
No fewer than seven PDP members in the state were reported to have been shot to death,with several others in hospitals, while so many houses have been destroyed by thugs believed to sympathetic to the governing APC in the state.
Towards this end, the Kogi PDP stakeholders have appealed to the National Peace Committee under the leadership of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Inspector General of Police, the National Security Adviser, the Service Chiefs, to pay special attention to the frightening situation in Kogi State.
The PDP stakeholders claimed that the whole apparatus of the State Government has been fully mobilized and are being deployed to perpetuate violence, thuggery, arson, kidnapping, extra judicial killings and horrendous dislocation of the lives of the citizenry in Kogi State in the build-up to and during the forthcoming general elections.
According to him, “We wish to alert the whole nation that the APC-led government in Kogi state has literally declared war on the citizenry in the name of preparation of elections.
“The acts of intimidation and unleashing of terror by the All Progressive; Congress (APC) have become increasingly brazen, reckless, monstrous and ominously dangerous.
“We believe that this sordid and unwarranted situation of a State-sponsored violence would have been effectively contained if the Security Agencies had heeded to our cry and indeed the cry of all Kogi indigenes to confront and Check this monster.
“The Entire law abiding indigenes of Kogi deserve to live in peace and be allowed to carry out their civic responsibilities peacefully without any intimidation and coercion. This is all that we ask for. Nothing more, nothing less.
“The APC administration has distributed fake police and military uniforms to their thugs which they use to terrorize all the opposition party members especially the PDP members, as was the case with the flagrant invasion and intimidation of PDP Chieftains.
“On a general note, there was a coordinated destruction of Posters and billboards of PDP candidates throughout the Central senatorial District”, the stakeholders lamented.
They urged the Inspector-General of Police to compel all security agencies especially the Police to maintain demonstrable neutrality in the performance of their duties before and during the forthcoming general elections;
It added, “We are therefore once again, appealing to the National Peace Committee under the eminent leadership of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Inspector General of Police, the National Security Adviser, the Service Chiefs, to pay special attention to the frightening situation in Kogi State where the whole apparatus of the State Government has been fully mobilized and are being deployed to perpetuate violence, thuggery, arson, kidnapping, extra judicial killings and horrendous dislocation of the lives of the citizenry in Kogi State in the build-up to and during the forthcoming general elections.”

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