- Kogi central senatorial candidate has petitioned the United Nations Women wing on harassment and intimidation she faces in the state
- Natasha Akpoti who is contesting for the Kogi central senatorial seat under the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP) accused the state governor and his aides of continuous vituperation on her and her campaign team
- The petition alleged the detention of the candidates supporters while the security agencies in the state look away
A female senatorial candidate in Kogi state has petitioned the United Nations Women over alleged harassment and intimidation from the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, his chief of staff, Edward Onoja and director of media and publicity, Kingsley Fanwo.
Natasha Akpoti through the Natasha Akpoti Campaign organisation accused the Kogi state governor and his aides of continuous vituperation on her and her campaign team.
The petition signed by director general of the organisation, Mohammed Sadiq, described Akpoti as a candidate to emerge victorious in the forthcoming senatorial election in Kogi central.
The petition also said that Akpoti's capacity can be deduced from her high profile and popularity among the people of Kogi central which become a source of concern and nightmare to Governor Yahaya Bello-led administration.
Sadiq alleged that the governor has at many times vowed to use violence and intimidation to suppress Akpoti in the forthcoming election.
The petition also said that it is on record that the state government sponsored attacks on Natasha Akpoti's supporters, killing and maiming them, destroying her political bill board and illegally arresting.
It also alleged the detention of the candidates supporters while the security agencies in the state look away despite Akpoti's various petitions to the leadership of these agencies in the state and the federal government of Nigeria.
The petition further alleged that, after failing to stop the risen profile of Natasha, the agents of the state government resorted to blackmail, making offensive and derogatory comments about her personality to tarnish her image and influence the people to turn against her.
It disclosed that Edward Onoja went to the Facebook page of Natasha Akpoti and openly used a derogatory comments on her while Fanwo made derogatory comments on Natasha on the instruction of Governor Bello and administrator of Okehi local government, Abdulraheem Ohiare.
Finally, the organisation in the petition called on the office of United Nations Women wing to come to the defense of Natasha Akpoti and draw the attention of the federal government to the plight of the senatorial candidate and that of young women in Nigeria who have been abused serially for standing for their constitutional rights.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a supporter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Kashim Abdulrasheen, has narrated a horrific details to the killing of his elder brother, Ojo Enesi, by some thugs allegedly hired by the ruling All Progressives Congress Party (APC) in Kogi state.
Kashim, 23, said he was in the house with Enesi, an SDP youth leader in Obeiba Ihima, Okehi local government area of Kogi state when was shot dead.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja, Kashim who said he was able to identify one of the alleged killers said the thugs had knocked on their door calling for his brother on Saturday, January 12.
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