The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of sponsoring thugs to disrupt its rally at Ejule Kogi in the Ofu council area.
Faruk Adejoh-Audu, the Muri/Sam SDP Gubernatorial Campaign Council spokesman, stated this in a statement.
“Earlier at about 9:30 a.m., about two hours before the rally was scheduled to commence, the thugs descended on the St Matthews primary school venue and destroyed the canopies, public address systems, chairs and the podium arranged for the event.
“But SDP leaders in the locality led by Elder Obolo, Rabi Emaiku and Gambo Haruna encouraged supporters to ignore the intimidation and still show up for the rally. The moment supporters began trooping to the rally ground, a group led by a motorcade again unleashed the thugs, this time shooting sporadically,” the statement explained.
It added, “Several persons were injured in the course of the mayhem, while the thugs equally destroyed several vehicles they identified as belonging to SDP supporters.”
The opposition party claimed that “this is the second time that an SDP rally will be attacked by identified aides of an opposition party official leading thugs in less than two weeks,” stating that a similar attack was carried out on an SDP rally in Koton Karfe in Kogi LGA on September 29.
Reacting, Kingsley Fanwo, the spokesperson for APC Campaign Council, stated that the allegations were untrue.
“We are not ready to join issues with SDP because doing so is glorifying them more so that we won’t be dragged into their frivolities, gasping lies and lack of direction,” explained Mr Fanwo. “As a government, our concern and responsibility is to create an enabling environment for all to pursue their normal businesses.”
Mr Fanwo added, “We are a government, and our priority is to protect all the people of Kogi irrespective of political leanings.”