Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council in Kogi has alerted the military special operation ,and other security agencies not to protect the influx of armed thugs into the state, allegedly sponsored by All Progressives Congress (APC) and the state government, to prevent the people of the state from voting for candidates of their choice
The Council in a statement issued through it’s Deputy Director public Communication Comrade Austin Okai Usman said the influx of armed thugs was a direct affront by the current administration to cause mayhem on the hapless electorates.
The statement reads in parts, “PDP said the planned of heavily armed thugs operation has started arriving from neighbouring states of Benue, Edo, Ondo, Enugu and Lagos with Agatu warriors from Benue fully on the list of mercenaries hired to kill and maim the innocent people during the exercise
“The Party challenged security agents to display professional approach from the tip off, by going round major hotels and lodges in lokoja the state capital ,some designated hotels in Anyigba Kogi east, particularly M&G,were cache of guns are stocked for election purposes by November 16
“The Council said the state government has also taking possession of some hardened criminals that escaped from Koton Karfe prison for the election,as the allegations against the speaker of the State Assembly,Mathew Kolawole,having imported some set of thugs from Lagos and it is confirmed of their arrival into the state capital.
“PDP said the state government had designated their arm caches in federal constituencies ranging from Lokoja,Kabba,Okene,Ajaokuta,Yagba east, Adavi, Ankpa,Anyigba,Idah in hotels and government lodges were the hoodlums are kept under a guarded police cover, to carry out their operations spread across the 21 local government areas.
“The Party alerts the international community like Amnesty international,UNIDO,US embassy and the UK to beam its searclight on Kogi election, as the current governor has declared war on the people of the state to win the election at all costs .
“According the the Council, the pre-election crises,kidnap,attacks, abduction and killings that will serve as prelude to the main mayhem,has commenced in earrnest,as the APC thugs are going round the 21 area councils under police cover, to kill perceived opponents without remorse .
“The council for the umpteenth time reminded the police IG of the deep neck of the state Police Commissioner, and reiterated for his removal before the election to ensure peace and free election.
“The council is also in possession of the information that these thugs will be wear fake police uniform and soldiers uniform a day to the election aiming at causing trouble in Kogi East and Kogi west.”