By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Palpable fears and tension may have continued to trail November 16 governorship election in Kogi state, following the burning down of the State Secretariat of Social Democratic Party (SPD) in the state.
It was gathered that hoodlums suspected to be political thugs of a leading party, All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state were said to have invaded the state secretariat of the SDP and the building on fire.
According to an eye witness account, the incident was said have happened at the early hours of Sunday when the thugs were said to have vandalized the Secretariat in Lokoja
The SDP state secretariat is located close to the APC state secretariat opposite the Lokoja local government secretariat along Murtala way, Lokoja.
At the earlier attack, it was learnt that the windows and doors of the Secretariat were shattered while banners, posters and other campaign materials at the Secretariat were also destroyed
Sources hinted that the hoodlums who set the SDP Secretariat able were in mask and decked in Black.
The State Chairman of SDP, Mouktar Atima pointed accusing fingers on the ruling party who he alleged of” releasing their boys to unleash terror on our party.”
Atima explained that the development was a confirmation of the several threats received recently by the party’s candidate, Natasha Akpoti.
He said no amount of harassment and destruction will deter the party and its Governorship candidate from contesting and winning the Saturday election saying they remain undaunted even as he appealed to party faithful not to be discouraged over the recent development.
In his reaction, however, the spoke man of the APC campaign council, Kingsley Fanwo dispelled the allegation that the hoodlums that burnt down the party’s secretariat we’re sponsored by the ruling party.
According to him, the party and its candidate are currently busy campaigning round the state and “has no time for irrelevant issues
When contacted, the state police commissioner,Hakeem Busari said the police were already aware of the destruction and stressed that investigations have already commenced an investigation and expected to bring the culprits to book.