The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned Kaduna state governor and chairman of the Kogi state National Campaign Council, Nasir El-Rufai, against inciting comments that could ginger unnecessary violence in the state.
The PDP therefore warned him to steer clear of the state, saying further that the people abhour incitements and threats in the November 16 governorship election in the state.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP cautioned that the people of Kogi state were already aware of individuals in the APC known for issuing threats as well as the “body bag” metaphor and will never allow such incitements to pervade the November election.
The party said, “Governor el-Rufai must have realized that whatever his party, the APC, perpetuated in Kaduna state in the 2019 general elections can no longer be replayed, not even in Kaduna state or any other state of the federation, not to talk of Kogi state, with its long standing history of tough resistance to forceful occupation and control.
“Governor el-Rufai, therefore, should not bother to lead a failed team of
an expansionist force into a lost battle. He should rather use the opportunity to counsel Governor Yahaya Bello to accept his rejection by the people of Kogi state and be ready to face the burden of a crushing defeat on November 16.
“The APC knows that Governor Bello has gone down in history as the worst governor ever in Nigeria; who cannot point to any development project or initiative in governance and under whom a once vibrant and productive state has been reduced to the poorest and most dejected in our country.”
The PDP urged the APC not to waste its time to campaign but rather counsel Yahaya Bello to “use the remaining days of his abysmal tenure to show remorse, pay up the 36
month arrears he owes workers and pensioners, restitute for those who died because of his suppressive rule and get ready with his handover notes.”
The party said Kogites have resolved to vote out Yahaya Bello, adding that “no amount of apologies, intimidations, violence, vote buying and “body bag” metaphor can change their resolve or save Governor Bello from defeat in this election.”