The Kogi State APC Governorship Campaign Council has dismissed allegations made by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) that Governor Yahaya Bello is planning to arrest SDP leaders over frame-up charges of terrorism.
Kingsley Femi Fanwo,
Spokesman/Director of Media and Publicity, Kogi State APC Campaign Council dismissed the allegation in a statement on Wednesday in Lokoja.
The Kogi SDP Governorship Campaign Council had in a press release accused Governor Yahaya Bello of plotting to arrest some of the leaders of the party on allegation of false terrorism charges.
The press release was issued by Isaiah Davies Ijele , Director of New Media, Muri/Sam Campaign Council.
Kogi State is one of the three states where INEC has scheduled to conduct off-cycle governorship election on Saturday, November 11, 2023.
Imo and Bayelsa States are the two other states where the election will hold on November 11.
Fanwo, however, described the allegation by SDP as spurious and unfounded.
He said : “This is another tempo of falsehood from the bottle-size overambitious group.
“Terrorism is a very serious national issue that shouldn’t be ordinarily trivialised by any group, no matter how confused.
“But the SDP would stop at nothing to push their noses in front as serious contenders when they know they stand no chance whatsoever in the forthcoming Governorship Election.
“While we will urge security agencies to invite the fiction authors for questioning and to tender empirical facts to support their claims, we wish to dismiss the allegation as another attention-seeking, unimaginatively concocted lie aimed at creating panic and preemptively covering their satanic plans against the Kogi voters.
“The SDP and its desperate candidate must also raise dust to keep their access to the pockets of their sponsors alive.
“We are miles ahead of the known and hideous conspirators.
“We wish to remind the Kogi voters who have resolved to continue and consolidate on the achievements of the past seven years, that the SDP and their co-travellers to a no point will continue their lies, name-dropping and spurious propaganda.
“All that is needed will be done on November 11 when you will overwhelmingly elect Ahmed Usman Ododo as your next Governor.
“If there are plans to terrorise the Kogi people, security agencies will ensure it is scuttled and we are confident that November 11 will make history as the best election day in the history of our dear Confluence State.”
Fanwo, called on security agencies to as a “matter of necessity, urgency and professionalism, invite those behind the reckless and defenceless allegation to provide proofs.
“Issues like these are capable of spreading fear if not curtailed immediately. As a Campaign Council, we will continue to preach peace and togetherness as well as abide by the provisions of our laws.
On the other hand, the Kogi SDP Governorship Campaign Council had alleged that the governor was planning to frame and arrest some of its key leaders.
It listed the Director General, Muri/Sam Campaign Council, Sheikh Jibril Ibrahim, the Director General of Youths Mobilization, Hon. Ahmed Attah, as some of its leaders being targeted for arrest. (vitalnewsngr.com)