Comrade Usman Austin Okai, the former candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Dekina/Bassa Federal Constituency, has raised concerns and voiced his opposition to the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello’s alleged plan to reserve all available hotel rooms in the state capital, Lokoja, in preparation for the upcoming gubernatorial election.
In a press statement released on Thursday, Austin Okai criticized the governor’s intention to book every hotel room in Lokoja for an extended period, which he believes could impact the public’s access to accommodations during the state’s election.
This development has added further intensity to the already heated political atmosphere in the region.
According to Okai, his statement also serves as a stern warning to hotel owners across Kogi State, urging them to reject Governor Yahaya Bello’s purported plans to secure all hotel rooms in the state.
The Kogi State government’s initiative to potentially occupy all hotel rooms from Saturday, November 4, through Sunday, November 12, has raised significant alarm within the community.
“The decision has stirred concerns over the fairness and transparency of the electoral process, leading many to question the government’s intentions,” Okai noted.
He further emphasized that the citizens of Kogi State are united in their resolve to boycott any hotel owners who agree to this request, which they see as an affront to democracy and an attempt to manipulate the electoral process.
With many individuals planning to visit the state for the upcoming election, the government’s move to secure all hotel rooms for unidentified guests has drawn significant criticism and raised questions about the integrity of the electoral process in Kogi State.