- Some youths from Kogi state stormed the APC headquarters on Thursday, September 27
- The youths during the protest alleged that the governor of the state plans to impose some candidates on the electorates
- According to the youths, the contributions of the Late Prince Abubakar Audu is of immense proportion
Hundreds of Kogi youths under the umbrella of Concerned Kogi APC Rebirth on Thursday, September 27, stormed the headquarters of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Abuja to protest the alleged imposition of candidates by Governor Yahaya Bello.
The youths led by their leader, Ezekiel Edogbonanya, appealed to the good conscience of the leadership of the ruling party to save the APC in Kogi state from imminent disintegration due to the activities of the governor and his cronies.
Edogbonanya speaking during the protest said the contributions of the Late Prince Abubakar Audu is of immense proportion.
He said: "As a matter of fact, the late Prince Abubakar Audu even in death represents a united and robust Kogi state because of his politics of inclusiveness that saw him defeat an incumbent governor before he passed on to the great beyond. May his soul continue to rest in peace.
"Our dear leaders, the principal reason why we are protesting here at the National Headquarters of our great party is to intimate the party that Governor Yahaya Bello who was the direct beneficiary of the goodwill and votes of our late leader, Prince Abubakar Audu has initiated a devilish and highly unpopular campaign to push the brother of the late Prince Abubakar Audu out of the race for Kogi east senatorial district."
Edogbonanya said it is also essential to state that, Bello, who is from Kogi Central and benefited from the votes of Kogi East is now meddling into the affairs of the Kogi East senatorial district through his infamous and highly dubious chief of staff, Edward Onoja.
"We wish to state that, this act is not only misplaced, it is also capable of causing great disaffection amongst the various stakeholders in Kogi East senatorial and which would ultimately lead to either mass defection to the opposition party or anti-party activities.
"Governor Yahaya Bello through his Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja, an unknown party man during the build-up to the 2015 elections, has now arrogated so much powers to himself and his cronies who were members of the opposition party during the 2015 elections, to now harass and intimidate loyal party members merely because they reaped where they did not sow and as such would have no value for it.
"They have made it a point of duty to criminalize party members in Kogi East, who differs with their brand of politics for the apparent fact that it is unpopular and capable of causing the party electoral misfortune in the forthcoming elections.
"They have vowed to handpick candidates for elective positions regardless of the electoral value of such candidates. Suffice to add that most of their preferred candidates are very unpopular and not capable of winning elections in Kogi east," he added.
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He also said that the alleged move by the governor will not only affect Mr. President but jeopardize the chances of other candidates at the polls.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that hundreds of the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party had stormed the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to protest against rerun elections ordered by the electoral umpire on Sunday, September 13 in Osun.
The protesters were reportedly armed with placards carrying various inscriptions including: ‘No To rerun’; ‘INEC, don’t conspire with APC’; ‘The people spoke on Saturday, announce the results’ among others.
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