For endorsing his candidacy as concensus Gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) for the Saturday November 11, 2023 governorship election in Kogi State, Leke Abejide has sent a message of appreciation to the elders from the Kogi West senatorial district
He expressed his appreciation at a meeting with his campaign organisation and the media in his campaign headquarters in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital on Wednesday
Abejide, a two-term member of the House of representatives (Yagba federal constituency) said he was humbled and honoured by the unequalled gesture of the leaders and statesmen.
In his words, “I can only profoundly appreciate our elders in the Kogi West Elders Forum (KWEF) for the endorsement. Not one Kobo was requested from me by the septuagenarians and octogenarians, and not one penny was paid out by me and my campaign team.
“It is an insult of the highest order to insinuate that a colossus like Baba General David Jemibewon collected money to endorse me. I was still a toddler when Baba Jemibewon was already calling the shots as military governor of the old Western State. It was that “Western State” that spawned the five states namely: Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti. Baba, a serial grandfather is too decent, too disciplined to be insulted by any form of gratification. I am too restrained and circumspect myself, to dare any such abomination.”
Abejide attributed the goodwill so extended to him by the KWEF to the acknowledgement of his efforts as a public servant.
According to him: “I believe my antecedents speak volumes. This must have informed their unanimous decision to bless my candidacy.”
He appealed to his co-contestants and fellow Okun kinsmen like the PDP candidate, Senator Dino Melaye and the Action Alliance, (AA) candidate, Olayinka Braimoh to look at the merits of his endorsement in the wisdom of the elders.
He asked them to join hands with him in ensuring the actualization of power shift to Kogi West in January 2024.”
The endorsement Abejide noted “is aimed at reducing the number of candidates from Kogi West, thereby increasing the chances of our senatorial zone in the election.
“Kogi West has never produced a governor of Kogi State in over 32 years of its creation and the 2023 poll provides us a good opportunity if we all work together.”
“I learnt some have said they will not agree with the elders decision, and I said that is fine. We are in a democracy and individual preferences are allowed. By God’s grace we will all be alive to witness November 11. Then we shall validate the most popular and most acceptable candidate in the broad spectrum of Kogi State.”
According to him: “By God’s grace, we shall see the candidate who is more on ground, who is more accessible and who is more popular. We will see that candidate who receives mass support for competence and performance and goodwill, not just in Kogi West but across the three senatorial districts.”
Explaining further, he said, “My endorsement is partly in recognition that my candidature is a product of a coalition, it is beyond the African Democratic Congress. If you look at the chairman of my campaign council, Chief Shola Ojo, former Secretary to Kogi State Government, he is of the PDP.
“The Director General of the campaign council, Hon Adagu Suberu, a former Chairman of Okehi Council was of APC, he was even DG to Governor Yahaya Bello twice. If you look at the Chairman, Intra-party Relations, Chief Hassan Salau, he was the Kogi State chairman of the PDP.
“I am of the ADC, with my original background in the APC. So it is a rainbow coalition. That is why our slogan is called ‘Rescue Mission’. We have come together for the sole purpose of rescuing Kogi from the present state of socioeconomic subjugation and despair. We want to install a government that will positively impact the lives of the improvised masses, whose singular offence is that they were sired from this state.”
KONGONET condemns violent attack on Kogi REC, calls for investigation
***Says, attack senseless, reprehensible, affront to democracy.
By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.
KOGI NGOs Network (KONGONET) has condemned in strong terms, the Friday morning attack on the residence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kogi state, Dr Hale Gabriel Longpet.
In a statement signed by Amb. Idris Ozovehe Muraina, Chairperson KONGONET, made available to newsmen on Friday in Lokoja, the Network described the attack as senseless, reprehensible and an attack on democracy.
“We, the members of Kogi NGOs Network (KONGONET), express our utmost condemnation and outrage over the heinous and senseless attack on the residence of the REC of Kogi State, perpetrated by unidentified gunmen in Lokoja.
“This reprehensible act of violence against a public servant is not only an attack on the individual but also an assault on the democratic principles that underpin our society.
“The Resident Electoral Commissioner will play a crucial role in ensuring transparent electoral litigation processes as the head of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kogi State.
“Targeting such a key figure is an affront to the integrity of our electoral process and an attack on the democratic fabric of our nation.
“We demand that the authorities take immediate action to bring the perpetrators of this despicable act to justice”, he said.
Muraina urged security agencies to conduct a thorough and diligent investigation into the attack on the residence of the REC saying it was imperative that the actors behind the heinous act were swiftly identified and brought to justice.
The KONGONET Chairperson noted that an attack on a public official entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring free, fair, and credible elections was an attack on the very foundation of our democracy.
“We call upon the security agencies, particularly the police and relevant investigative bodies to allocate the necessary resources and expertise to thoroughly investigate this incident.
“It is crucial that no stone is left unturned in uncovering the truth and apprehending those responsible for this senseless act of violence.
“The residents of Kogi State and Nigerians at large deserve to know the truth behind this attack. We demand a transparent and unbiased investigation that leaves no room for doubt or suspicion.
“KONGONET reiterates its commitment to the principles of justice, accountability, and transparency. We stand firmly against any act of violence that seeks to disrupt the democratic process and undermine the peace and stability of our state”, he said.
Thugs loyal to Gov Yahaya Bello behind attacks on Kogi REC, Kogi SDP alleges
The Muri/Sam Campaign Council under the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has condemned the assassination attempt on Dr. Hale Gabriel Longpet, the INEC Resident Commissioner for Kogi state.
The Campaign Council and the party allegea1d that the attack was carried out by thugs loyal to Governor Yahaya Bello.
In a statement issued by Isaiah Davies Ijele, the Director of New Media of the council acknowledged thatthe timely intervention of the Army, prevented potential tragedy.
The Council called for thorough investigation to fish out those involved in the assault on the INEC Resident Commissioner.
The Council also demanded swift action from the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, urging impartiality and caution against targeting SDP members over the incident.
The statement reads:
”We strongly condemn the assassination attempt on the INEC Resident Commissioner for Kogi state, Dr Hale Gabriel Longpet, which took place in Lokoja at approximately 2:00 am this morning, December 1st, 2023. The attack was carried out by thugs who are loyal to Governor Yahaya Bello.
”Election should not be treated as a war, nor should it be a matter of life and death. If the election was won fairly and transparently, then the legal process should be allowed to run its course without interference.
”However, it is unacceptable for thugs, in their high numbers yesterday, to be subject to fake protests, insisting that, on no account should forensic teams be allowed to do their jobs.
”We are grateful for the timely intervention of the Army, as the man and his family could have been wiped out overnight. The attackers also burnt his vehicles and took other valuables. This kind of behaviour is not acceptable in a democratic society.
”Those individuals who have been involved in these attacks on INEC REC must be held accountable for their actions. We call for all those who have been involved in the protests, inciting violence and making provocative statements, to be apprehended and brought to justice.
”The Kogi State Commissioner of Police Bethrand Onuoha must carry out his duties by arresting the culprits and holding them accountable. We also urge the Commissioner of Police to refrain from victimizing loyal members of SDP and focus on finding the actual offenders.
”We stand with Dr. Longpet and his family during this difficult time, and we will continue to work towards a peaceful and transparent electoral process.
”Murtala Yakubu Ajaka and his Party SDP are not protesting anywhere around the nation as we are already in court to seek redress, and as such; we call on Commissioner Bethrand Onuoha to arrest those protesters in the name of SDP and its Candidate Murtala Yakubu Ajaka if he’s an accomplice of the protest.”
Attack on Kogi REC: APC calls for immediate arrest of SDP candidate, Ajaka
BY Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Campaign Council in Kogi state has called on the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services (DSS) and other security agencies to immediately effect the arrest of Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Governorship candidate in the just concluded November 11 off-cycle election.
In what it described as the slide into anarchy in the state, the APC Campaign Council, said Ajaka and his supporters allegedly masterminded the attack on the residence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Lokoja in the early hours of Friday.
Mr Kingsley Femi Fanwo, Director of Media and Publicity/Spokesperson for the Campaign Council, Kingsley Fanwo, who made the allegations at an emergency press briefing on Friday, said SDP was trying desperately to cover the “heist committed in Kogi East” in corrupting INEC documents.
The APC Campaign Council said the attack was perpetrated days after it alerted the nation of plans of SDP thugs to attack INEC.
“The same arsonists also had an attempt to burn down the Kogi State Government House foiled by our eagle-eye security agents. The same attempt was foiled at the State APC Secretariat in Lokoja.”
“They have finally done their worst by attacking the residence of the Kogi State INEC Commissioner, engaging security agents in a fierce gun battle and eventually burning down some vehicles in the residence and in the area.”
The Campaign Council alleged that the SDP candidate and his “collaborators” were attempting to corrupt certain documents in INEC before handing them to their legal team.
“We have no problem allowing legal teams to access documents and materials. It is the norm. But we won’t allow any desperate blood thirsty politician tamper with the true verdict of the Kogi people.
“The bold-face criminality being perpetrated by the defeated SDP candidate and his violent gang of criminals was as a result of the lack of consequences over the gruesome killing of an APC supporter, Khadijat, at Kotonkarfe by agents of the SDP. They had imported thugs from neighbouring states into Kogi.
“They shamelessly came out to say Khadijat was bearing an arm. Till date, Muritala Yakubu Ajaka and his gun welding killers have been moving freely on the streets.
“If they had been arrested for killing an innocent woman, they wouldn’t have had the gut to attempt to attack the Kogi Resident Electoral Commissioner.
“We also told the world of plans by the SDP to burn down the INEC Office in Lokoja. We thank the Police and other security agencies for protecting the INEC Office.
“Frustrated by the watertight security around INEC, the gun throttling SDP criminals went to the residence of the Kogi State INEC Commissioner in an attempt to kill him.
“They were engaged in a fierce gun battle and they resorted to burning vehicles and other valuables around the area.
“After their violent protests a few days ago, our people have also moved to Lokoja to ensure their mandate is protected. Resorting to assassination and arson will never help the Social Democratic Party and their confused candidate”, he said.
Fanwo said now was the right time to arrest Ajaka before “he throws Kogi into a state of anomie. Democracy is the expression of the wishes of the people. Those wishes have been expressed and no amount of bullets can silence the voice of the ballot.
“We are calling on the Police, DSS and other security agencies to immediately arrest the slide to anarchy by arresting Muritala Yakubu Ajaka and his co-swimmers in the pool of violence.
“We have cautioned our supporters to remain calm and the call will be more effective if the anarchists are immediately apprehended and prosecuted”, Fanwo said. (Ends)
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