The leadership of the All Progressive Congress, APC in Kogi State has cautioned the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate in the November 16 governorship election, Engr Musa Wada and his supporters against the use of violence.
The warning, the party said, is coming on the heels of the PDP’s sponsorship of hoodlums to vandalise posters, billboards and other campaign materials used for yesterday’s campaign flag off in Idah which the entire town on a lock down.
“It was clear that the turnout of party supporters and the people of Kogi East to receive the Governor at Idah yesterday was devastating for the opposition but we caution them to avoid politics of violence”
The ruling party said the PDP is jittery because of the massive turn out it recorded on Saturday which signifies the wholesome acceptance of the policies and programmes of the Governor Yahaya Bello led administration in the state.
It therefore urged security agencies, good governance advocates, civil society and other non governmental organisations, faith based bodies and other interest groups to take note of the violence being meted the APC and its supporters by the PDP and its candidate.
As far as APC is concerned, November 16 poll is about efforts of its candidate, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and his deputy, Hon Edward Onoja to bring about socioeconomic and infrastructural development for Kogi State, against the interest of the PDP to solidify the family and ethnic ventures that they run.
It would be recalled that Governor, as part of activities to flag off the APC campaign, performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the Idah – Agenebode bridge to directly connect the North and Southern Nigeria; commissioned new laboratories, a clinic and a water factory at the state College of Health Sciences and Technology in Idah.
The Governor, his deputy, Hon Edward Onoja and the Secretary to the State Government, Folashade Arike Ayoade were conferred with Chieftaincy titles by the Attach Igala, HRM Michael Idakwo Ameh Oboni II at his palace in Idah.
Meanwhile, Newsflash247 had earlier reported that the appointees of Governor Yahaya Bello’s government and other All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains of Igala extraction have presented Rolls Royce Phantom to the traditional ruler, Attah Igala, Dr Michael Ameh-Oboni II.
Igala is the largest ethnic group in Kogi state and represents about 45% of voters in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The gift to the well-respected monarch is seen as a strategy to court his support as the APC goes into the election.
The government appointees were led by the newly deputy governor of the state, Chief Edward Onoja , Senator Jibrin Isah Echocho who the two most senior politicians from Kogi East senatorial district of the state where the Igalas occupy.
Other members of the delegation are APC members of the national and the state assemblies from Kogi East, commissioners and special advisers from the senatorial district.
Speaking at the presentation yesterday, the Deputy Governor who holds the traditional title of Olimene of Attah said, “HRM Attah Igala as King Of the 9th Largest Ethnic Nationality in Nigeria is the face of the Igala nation and his appearance must show class,royalty and purity.
We give thanks to Governor Yahaya Bello who lifted a lot of progressive minded and passionate leaders in just few years.”
Senator Jibrin Isah in his remark commended the young but vibrant Deputy Governor for believing in the land of his birth and placing the people first.
“A new Igala land has emerged. This is the same way we jointly built The “Unyi Udama Amo ma Igala”( Igala Unity House) under the able leadership of His Excellency, Chief Edward Onoja and we are set to complete two guest houses at Ayingba- Dekina And Ankpa for the exclusive use of our royal father the Attah Igala. We are not Billionaires but united lovers of their kingdom.”
One of the aides of the Attah Igala commended the state governor , for the confidence he has reposed in Chief Edward Onoja, the state deputy governor.
“In fact, Kogi East with has produced great sons like Sen. Ahmadu Ali , Dr Alex Kadiri, Attai Aidoko, Nicholas Ugbane,former Governors Ibrahim Idris and Idris Wada.
But outside, Prince Abubakar Audu of blessed memory, no Igala son has shown love to the Igala nation like this grandson of ours, Edward Onoja has done. We thank His Excellency for believing in him”.