- Governor Yahaya Bello led-government in Kogi state has been accused of trying to rig the forthcoming 2019 elections
- The accusation was made by the candidate of the African Democratic Congress for the Kogi East senatorial district, Victor Alewo Adoji
- Adoji says his supporters were attacked while on transit to Dekina town for the zonal rally by thugs allegedly engaged by the ruling All Progressive Congress in the state
As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, a senatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Kogi state, Victor Alewo Adoji, has accused Governor Yahaya Bello-led government of planning to rig the polls.
Adoji, who is seeking to representing Kogi East senatorial district, briefed journalists in Abuja on Sunday, January 3, saying the actions of the state government had become unbearable and a threat to democracy.
According to the senatorial candidate, his supporters were attacked while on transit to Dekina town for the zonal rally by thugs allegedly engaged by the ruling All Progressive Congress in the state, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng notes that Adoji said: “These acts have not only spelt out anarchy, it violates my political rights having fulfill the necessary requirements to contest for elective positions in Nigeria.
“But my determination to endear my candidacy to the electorate via peaceful and other legitimate electioneering endeavours have been hampered by thugs allegedly sponsored by the state government and its agents.
“On the 10th of January, 2019, our Blimp, campaign material, stationed in Ankpa Local Government Area of the state was shot down by unknown gunmen at about 1am.
“On the 19th of January, 2019, my supporters were attacked while on transit to Dekina town (Dekina Local Government Area) for the zonal rally by thugs engaged by the ruling All Progressive Congress Party in the State.
"They were brutally injured and the buses conveying them were destroyed. The home of one of our supporters in Anyigba was invaded, and properties destroyed."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said those planning to buy votes would be shocked on election day as it had put in place measures to check the act.
INEC’s national commissioner and chairman for information and voter education, Festus Okoye, speaking on Sunday night, February 3, during an interactive session with the media, noted that the commission would not disclose the fresh strategies it had adopted for the forthcoming general elections.
Okoye said: “The other strategies we have designed will not be made known so that they will not go ahead of us."
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