By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kogi has expressed worries over the silence of the opposition parties particularly the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the governorship election scheduled for November 16th, 2019.
The Director-General, Bello/Onoja campaign committee, Senator Smart Adeyemi, therefore, called on the security personnel to be vigilant and be on alert as their silence might mean that they are planning to unleash mayhem on the people on Election Day.
Adeyemi noted that the silence from the opposition party might also mean that they have conceded defeat and therefore do not see any reason for the campaign.
According to him, “Have you seen their campaign posters, billboards or handbills in any part of the state? they are not also engaging us in anyway, they claimed to be doing house to house campaigns, but we are also going from house to house, we have not met them anywhere, this is pregnant with lots of meanings and we want the security to be vigilant to prevent innocent citizens from being harmed.”
Adeyemi, however, expressed satisfaction with the level of acceptance of Bello which he attributed to the array of people-oriented programmes outlined in his manifestos.
He said that more than 38,000 people have defected to APC as it rounds off it’s ward to ward campaign.
“We are satisfied with the level of acceptance and we thank the good people of the state for their support” adding that Bello would not disappoint them in his second term which he said would focus on infrastructure.
However, the Director-General, Musa Wada/ Aro campaign council Faruk Adejo said that “as usual Mr. Adeyemi suffers from an admixture of ignorance and arrogance.”
“Smart Adeyemi knows that his Bello is the most unpopular politician to have ever come on the ballot and they know that outside arming thugs and depending on using crooks and rogues within the system, particularly in INEC to manipulate the system, their candidate won’t get 20per cent of the votes.
I invite media to conduct an opinion poll among voters in Kogi State to verify my position.
“We are flagging off our campaign on Friday, but that honesty is to fulfill political tradition. Bello’s only legacy in Kogi is hunger, poverty and violence. No single project commenced, completed and commissioned by Bello despite receiving over N400 billion in income in four years. That is enough Campaign for us”, he added.