Gunmen Working For Governor Yahaya Bello Yet Again Attack SDP’s Supporters

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“Gunmen working for Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello¬†earlier today attacked and dispersed a Social Democratic Party (SDP) Governorship Ward Rally holding in Ejule Kogi, Ofu LGA of Kogi State,”

According to Hon Faruk Adejoh-Audu, Director, Communications of the Muri/Sam Gubernatorial Campaign Council, Social Democratic Party, Kogi State, on October 18, 2023, “the gunmen led, by one Mohammed Nasir Alfa said to be the Assistant State Chairmam of the APC (Kogi East District) descended on the Rally venue at St Matthews Primary School Ejule amd started shooting sporadically to disperse a mammoth crowd of SDP supporters that had gathered for the event.” Witnesses identified Dele Ademu; Daddy Ndah; Danladi Alaba from (Umomi Village); Muhammed Nasiru Alfa (APC zonal Chairman) Yahaya Ademu aka Kia Man; Mustepha idris aka Ore; Besiru Mudi aka Para (all from Ejule Town) and other dreaded APC thugs among over 30 fully armed bandits unleashed by the APC vice Chairman known to coordinate thugs in Ofu LGA for the outlaw governor of the state.”

“Earlier at about 9:30 am about two hours before the rally was scheduled to commence, the thugs had descended on the St Matthews Primary School venue and destroyed the canopies, Public Address Systems, Chairs, and the podium arranged for the event,” Adejoh-Audu continued. “But SDP leaders in the LGA, led by Elder Obolo, Rabi Emaiku, and Gambo Haruna, had encouraged supporters to ignore the intimidation and still show up for the rally.”

“The moment supporters began trooping to the rally ground followed by a motorcade, Alfa again unleashed the thugs this time shooting sporadically,” he added.

“This time the APC Vice Chairman Alfa personally led the thugs to seige on the rally ground which led to supporters running for their dear lives.”

“Several persons were injured in the course of the bedlam while the thugs equally destroyed several vehicles they identify as belonging to SDP supporters.”

“This is the second time that an SDP Rally will be attacked by identified aides of Bello leading thugs in less than weeks,” Adejoh-Audu lamented.

“A similar attack was unleashed on an SDP rally at Koton Karfe in Kogi LGA of the state on September 29, leading to one death and at least 10 persons sustaining gunshot injuries.”

“The Muri/Sam Campaign Council is aware of a standing threat by Mr. Yahaya Bello to his aides, appointees, and senior APC officials that they will face his wrath if an SDP event is allowed to hold in their home of origin.”

“In late June, the Governor had publicly slapped a council Chairman for failing to violently truncate an SDP million March in Idah, the headquarters of the Kogi East and the traditional capital of the Igala People worldwide.”

“Mr. Bello himself personally led gunmen to attack a motorcade of Our candidate Alhaji Muritala Yakubu Ajaka on June 3 in Lokoja, shooting and injuring several persons in the convoy.”

“This brazen and desperate descent to violence by a depraved sitting governor using his aides and thugs have gone unredressed so far despite our repeated outcries.”

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“The election date is barely three weeks away, and the desperation of Mr. Bello, who is parading his cousin, a thoroughly tainted candidate as his successor, is escalating.”

“Only yesterday, a Federal High Court Disbanded a gang of thugs Mr. Bello tried to legitimize and ordered for the arrest of the kingpin of the gang.”

“Bello has entrenched several other structures of violence in order to frustrate the will of the people in the November 11 Governorship Elections through force of arms.”

“For the record, we are again calling on the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Inspector General of Police, the Director-General of the Directorate of State Services and all other Managers of our security and federation to urgently intervene and address the drift in Kogi State before it fatally undermines our democracy.”

“The people of Kogi State deserved to be protected to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right to Universal Adult Suffrage.”

“So far it’s been a harvest of blood and bones and for the destruction of property openly orchestrated by Mr. Yahaya Bello”

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