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SDP begs Tinubu to end sponsored attacks by political thugs in Kogi

The Social Democratic Party (SDP), on Wednesday, begged President Bola Tinubu to stop the incessant attacks and carnages occasioned by the governorship electioneering in Kogi.

Isaiah Ijele, the director general of new media at thÀe SDP campaign council, made the plea at a news conference in Lokoja on Wednesday.

Mr Ijele said that innocent citizens are being maimed and killed across the state by sponsored political thugs.

He alleged that members and supporters of the SDP governorship candidate, Muritala Ajaka, were constantly under attack, allegedly sponsored by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

But the APC campaign council’s spokesman, Kingsley Fanwo, denied sponsoring any attack against SDP supporters in the state.

Mr Ijele, in his recounts, said: “There were gunshots through the night of Tuesday in Anyigba and Ankpa towns where houses and property of innocent SDP supporters were vandalised and destroyed.

“Our campaign coordinator in Anyigba and his family were victims as they were chased away from their house and property destroyed, including his motorcycle, on Tuesday night.

“As it’s now, two persons are missing as a result of the attacks being unleashed on Mr Ajaka’s supporters across the Kogi East.

“We are under siege, given the intimidation, harassment, and attacks on us simply because of the humongous support our governorship candidate is enjoying in the state.

“As law-abiding citizens, we are appealing to the President and the Inspector General of Police to come to our aid by calling Gov. Yahaya Bello to order.”

The spokesman added: “Election is not a war nor do or die affairs, but a game of numbers based on candidates’ pedigree and acceptability before the electorate.”

According to him, nobody has a monopoly on violence, but courtesy demands that the people of Kogi be allowed to peacefully choose the person they want to govern them on November 11.

The director general said that Bello’s administration has failed the citizens, who he claimed had decided to vote in Muritala Ajaka to rescue the state from poverty and hunger.

“We want the quick intervention of the President to save the lives of innocent citizens before they are brutalised and destroyed by sponsored political thugs,” he pleaded.

Responding to the allegations, Mr Fanwo, the APC spokesperson, debunked the SDP’s claims, saying: “We are a government, and our priority is to protect all the people of Kogi State, irrespective of political leanings.”

Mr Fanwo said that all allegations without proof are as good as no allegations.

“As a government, our concern and responsibility is to create an enabling environment for all to pursue their normal businesses.

“The SDP is a nest of funny birds that cry from the pain of their losses rather than the actions of anyone.

“We won’t glorify them, and we won’t be dragged into their frivolities, gasping lies, and lack of direction,” he said.

On its part, the Kogi police command’s public relations officer, SP Williams Ovye-Aya, said that he was yet to be briefed on the alleged Tuesday night attacks by the respective Divisional Police Officers in Anyigba and Ankpa towns.

He, however, promised to inform the public of the development.

(NAN)

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