- The APC has accused the PDP in Kogi of planning to cause tension in the state
- The ruling party claims that the opposition is bringing and arming thugs from neighbouring states to attack its leaders during campaigns
- Tom Ohikere of the APC urges the police to protect members of the party throughout the electioneering period
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been accused of 'importing' thugs into Kogi ahead of the governorship election in the state scheduled for November 16.
The allegation comes from the campaign council of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Through its secretary of media and publicity committee, Tom Ohikere, the council alleged that some of the thugs had been armed ahead of the exercise.
According to Ohikere, the PDP was importing the thugs to cause chaos and mayhem during the polls as well as attack top APC members during the campaigns.
In a statement on Friday, November 1, the APC council said it was armed with reports that the opposition party is doing this out of desperation and bringing the thugs from neighbouring states.
"These thugs have been seen at their campaigns, where they have been providing policing functions, engaging in reckless actions, harassing the people and undermining legitimately constituted authorities.
“We also have it that myself, the campaign DG, Senator Smart Adeyemi and others are on the top of their list," Ohikere said.
The ruling party said it is not surprised at the opposition's alleged plan because the latter had been showing signs of carrying out activities that are dangerous to the effective conduct of the election.
The APC asked its supporters not to be deterred by the antics of the PDP in the state just as it urged the police to ensure the safety of lives and property of APC members.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, recently alleged that the PDP had began large scale manufacturing of fake Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of the Bayelsa governorship election.
The party's deputy spokesman made the allegation through a statement made sent to journalists on Friday, November 1.
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