The Kogi State APC Governorship Campaign Council has lambasted the Social Democratic Party (SDP), accusing the party of perpetuating its own hidden agenda against democracy. In a press release issued on Tuesday, the APC Campaign Council denounced what it called the SDP’s desperate attempts to depict Kogi State as unsafe.
According to Kingsley Fanwo, the spokesman for the Campaign Council, the SDP allegedly orchestrated an attack on Mr. Mike David, the Secretary of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, in an effort to veil their already exposed plans of filing petitions clandestinely.
“The SDP is resorting to desperate measures to file petitions against the November 11 election beyond the timeframe permitted by the Electoral Act. Concerned lawyers from various senatorial districts in the state recently raised alarms about the SDP’s covert plan to backdate their petition and sidestep the Electoral Act,” Fanwo stated in a statement .
Fanwo raised several crucial questions about the purported attack, highlighting inconsistencies in the SDP’s narrative. “Why was there no attack before the midnight deadline on December 3, 2023? How did the SDP conveniently become aware of the attack? How did they know the Secretary was working on their petition during the alleged assault? Why has the SDP become the outspoken advocate for the Secretary?” he queried.
He urged the public not to be misled, asserting that the truth behind the incident was apparent to the people. Fanwo reiterated the Campaign Council’s plea for security agencies to take decisive action and investigate the numerous pending petitions.
“We have consistently implored state security agencies to address the multiple petitions lodged against the criminal activities carried out by the SDP and its supporters under the guise of politics. They incite violence, propagate hate speech, and promote an ethnic agenda, only to then portray themselves as victims through baseless propaganda,” Fanwo stated.
He expressed concerns over the security agencies’ inaction in the face of the SDP’s alleged wrongdoings, which emboldened their supporters to assault the residence of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, an unprecedented incident in the state’s history.
“We demand a comprehensive report from security agencies on these events and urge our President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to direct the Department of State Services and Police to apprehend those responsible for the assaults on the state and its democratic values,” Fanwo concluded.