The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has issued a stern warning to Governor Yahaya Bello and the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the gun attack at its governorship primary election in Lokoja, Kogi state.
The party made this allegation at a news conference addressed in Abuja on Wednesday, September 4, by its National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan.
According to the party, “the resort to violence and bloodletting cannot save the failed governor and his party, the APC, as the PDP and the people of Kogi state are firm in the irreversible resolve to use every means available in a democracy to confront and vanquish APC’s evil plots ahead of the November governorship election”.
The PDP stated that it is clear to all that Governor Yahaya Bello has become chaotic in the face of his rejection by the people as well as its soaring popularity in Kogi state, and has now resorted to violence in a failed desperate attempt to prevent it from presenting a candidate for the election.
The PDP declared that for the avoidance of doubt, it had a peaceful, decent, clean, clear, credible and transparent process in the conduct of its primary in Lokoja.
“Accredited delegates had voted and the balloting had been concluded in a very orderly manner before the vicious attack by the gunmen, who were shouting pro-Bello mantra and accompanied by known APC faces.”
The PDP further declared that it only has pity for Yahaya Bello and the APC because their processes are still intact and nothing can sway their resolve as well as the strong will by the people of Kogi state to kick them out of office in November.
“This is more so as the attack has further united our governorship aspirants, critical stakeholders, leaders and teeming members and supporters across the state for a common front against Yahaya Bello and the APC.”
“Indeed, nothing can detract from this, as the attack has further united and bolstered the people of Kogi state to remain behind our party in the decisive struggle and the noble objective to liberate their state from the violent and suppressive forces.”
“Our message to Yahaya Bello and the APC is that their days in office are already numbered and that they cannot stay a day beyond the stipulated hand-over date.”
“In resorting the violence and forceful occupation, the APC and rejected Governor should have known the people of Kogi state have never in history, bowed in subjugation to any body no matter the force or intimidation.”
The party concluded the media briefing by stating that spirit of resistance to oppression and force has been triggered by the attack and consequently cautioned the APC to steer clear of the wrath of the people, who in their opinion, have decided to take back their state by voting in the PDP, come November 16.