Ahead of the November 2 governorship election in Kogi state, some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) within the state will right now storm the National Headquarters of the party in Abuja to protest alleged plans by the party management to disclaim the state governor, Yahaya Bello the party’s ticket.
Daily Independent gathered that the protesters, who’re staunch loyalists of the governor are drawn from the 21 native authorities areas of the state.
Speaking to Daily Independent, Jonah Adavi, one of many protesters who claimed to be a card-carrying member of the party stated he would be a part of different loyalists of the governor to “caution Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other members of the party’s National Working Committee to refrain from carrying out the wishes of some powerful individuals outside the state who are hell-bent on denying Governor Bello a second term”.
According to him, a few of them have already left Kogi for Abuja on Tuesday the place they are going to be joined by indigenes of the state residents in Abuja.
“We are protesting because we don’t want the politics of Kogi to be determined by some outsiders who are not even residents in Kogi. Even before the primary, we are already getting feelers that Governor Bello would be denied the party’s ticket. That is what we don’t want”.
“If the party wants direct primary in Kogi, we are okay by it. If it is by delegates voting, we are also comfortable with it. If Yahaya Bello lost in a free and fair primary, we have no problem with that. After all, he didn’t win the primary in 2015 but God ordained him as the governor,” he stated.
Reacting, Governor Bello who spoke by way of Onogwu Mohammed, his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) stated he was not conscious of the event, directing our correspondent to talk with the state executives of the party.
“We are not aware of that. Since they are not going for a government function, we cannot be in the picture. If it has to do with the party, then it is the party people that will be in the best position to explain, not the state government”.
On whether or not he has began reaching out to party leaders who’re rumoured to be against his reelection bid, Mohammed stated the governor is concentrated on governance is eight months away and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has not given the go-ahead for campaigns within the state.
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