- Empty stadium as PDP flags off Campaign in Kogi, says APC
Lokoja, the Kogi State capital on Friday agog as strong opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP stages a rally to draw support ahead of the gubernatorial election slated for November 16.
Party loyalists from different parts of the state were seen trooping to the state capital, with the party’s flags and diverse campaign inscriptions and songs.
According to the Vanguard said that some of the party members were overwhelmed as the embattled senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye arrived the venue, and started to chant the latter’s praises to show goodwill.
In his remarks, Melaye thanked the people for their endless supports and assured them of massive victory in the coming election slated for November 16.
There’s tight security as Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) laden with men and officers of the Nigerian Police, who were fully on ground to ensure security and maintenance of law and order.
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Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC, took a swipe on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying it was an empty stadium as the PDP, flagged off its gubernatorial campaign.
The event which had PDP governors and party top guns including the chairman, Uche Secondus, Engineer Wada, the candidate of the PDP is challenging the incumbent, Yahaya Bello of APC.
The APC claimed it was a poor outing and said it is believed to be as a result of the unacceptance of Mr Wada by PDP members in the state.
It was equally alleged by the APC that most PDP members stayed away because they feel Musa Wada’s candidature would perpetuate a family dynasty on a progressive state like Kogi as well as the reoccurring violence that greets PDP events in the state.
In his reaction,an APC leader in the state,Mr Adejoh Okai said ’’No one who has ever tasted the honey of good governance that the APC government in Kogi State and other states have been dishing out to the people, will opt for the bitter pill of corruption and despotic feudal style of governance of the former governor of Kogi State and their PDP candidate”
When contacted to speak on the Issue, A PDP chieftain in Kogi state, who spoke under anonymity, told reporters that the APC allegation is unfounded, baseless and out of place, he says the empty stadium were at the time members were just gathering.
“you cant call tghat an empty seats, people were just arriving and trying to take their seat. APC has failed and they are scared of the impending defeat”. He said.