The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) issues 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 says 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.

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.

The 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.

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

That spirit of resistance to oppression and force has been triggered and
we caution the APC to steer clear of the wrath of the people, who have
decided to take back their state by voting in the PDP, come November 16.


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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