The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello and the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying alleged resort to violence cannot save them in the November 16 governorship election.
The PDP through its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, accused the APC-led administration Yahaya Bello of running a failed government that has brought untold hardship on the people.
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 party reacted shortly after gunmen had in the early hours of Wednesday disrupted the PDP governorship primary election for the November 16 poll at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja, Kogi state.
Ologbondiyan alleged 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 the soaring popularity of the PDP in Kogi state, and has now resorted to violence in a failed desperate attempt to prevent our party from presenting a candidate for the election.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP had a peaceful, decent, clean, clear, credible and transparent process in the conduct of our primary.
“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”, he said.
Ologbondiyan also explained that, “PDP only has pity for Yahaya Bello and the APC because our processes are still intact and nothing can sway our resolve as well as strong will by the people of Kogi state to kick them out of office in November.
“Our materials are intact, the process is on. I am very optimistic that we will meet the deadline for the submission of our candidate’s name to INEC which is September 5. Our materials were not in any way affected.
The PDP spokesman added that “this 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