Kogi poll: PDP wants police to arrest members’ attackers

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi state on Thursday asked the police to arrest hoodlums that allegedly attacked its members in Dekina local government area of the state.

The party alleged that two of its members, Friday Attah and Friday Bala both in Ajiolo Oja-Aji were attacked and their houses burnt by suspected members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

A statement by the state spokesman of the Kogi PDP communications committee, Johnson Musa, said the situation in the state was getting tensed alleging that the incumbent was jittery, and have resorted to the use of violence.

The party gave a seven-day ultimatum to the state police command to arrest the perpetrators of the act to avoid resorting to self-help.

He said: “The Kogi state PDP campaign council is issuing a 7-day Ultimatum to the Police, to arrest and prosecute APC thugs armed with AK 47 rifles, freely unleashing mayhem on the peaceful people of Odu Ward 2 in Dekina local government area of Kogi state. This is on-going.

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“Severally, complaints and petitions have been written by our party and candidate, all to deaf ears of the Nigerian Police Command in Lokoja. We have issued this ultimatum in good faith, that these devilish elements are brought to book or we will have no other option than to defend ourselves.

“It is so sad that APC is afraid of a peaceful election in Kogi state. The recent statements by the APC Zonal Chairman, Ahmed Attah that our people should stay off Kogi state if they won’t vote for Mr Yahaya Bello of APC is already manifesting and yet this same character walks freely, as he continues his violence acts unabated.

“We hereby call the Nigerian Police authorities to arrest these louts and agents of destabilisation. We are aware of the plan to harass and kill PDP supporters; burn their houses and kidnap many to scare away voters from coming out to exercise their franchise of voting for the popular candidate of PDP. All these are manifesting already.

“By this ultimatum, we won’t be held responsible for any action(s) that may follow after these seven days. This ultimatum is not a ‘Threat to peaceful coexistence’  but a means of survival – we can’t allow state-sponsored miscreants to kill our people all in the name of elections.”

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