As the November 11 governorship election gathers momentum, the Social Democratic Party has accused the All Progressive Congress of state-sponsored terrorism.
Addressing a news conference on Wednesday in Lokoja, the state capital, the Director-General, Muritala Ajaka/Sam Abenemi campaign organisation, David Ijele, said that the ruling APC has subjected SDP and its supporters to various acts of intimidation by engaging in serious violence resulting in sporadic gunshots, arsons and disappearance of party supporters.
“I was in Kogi East last night, I could not sleep as a result of several gunshots from dusk to dawn throughout the town,” he said.
According to him, “Bello is calling for anarchy if this kind of terrorism did not stop. I don’t know why all this. If you claim to have done well, you don’t need to engage in intimidation of opposition for you to win an election. It’s only a bad product that is difficult to sell, a good product will naturally sell itself.
“We are calling on the Inspector-General of Police, President Tinubu who himself is also a product of the democratic process, to intervene in Kogi State affairs to avoid a breakdown of law and order before, during and even after the election because no one has a monopoly of violence.”
Ijele added, “We are prepared and ready to put our lives on the line to right the wrongs of APC in Kogi.”
In a swift reaction, the spokesman for the Ododo/ Joel Oyibo campaign organisation, Kingsley Fanwo, said, “We are a government and our priority is to protect all the people of Kogi State, irrespective of political leanings.”
He said that allegations without proof are as good as no allegations.
“As a government, our concern and responsibility are to create an enabling environment for all to pursue their normal businesses. The SDP is a nest of funny birds that cry by the pain of their losses rather than the action of anyone.”
Fanwo, who doubles as the state Commissioner for Information, said, “We won’t glorify them and we won’t be dragged into their frivolities, gasping lies, and lack of direction.”