Barr. Natasha Akpoti, the candidate representing Social Democratic Party in the forthcoming November 16 Kogi Governorship Polls, alleges that Governor Yahya Bello of Kogi State, the candidate representing the All Progressives Congress, made an attempt to kidnap her at her party’s head office in Lokoja.
Narrating the attack, Akpoti accused Governor Bello of deploying hoodlums with machine guns to her party’s secretariat in Lokoja to unleash terror and abduct her because she is a threat to his re-election bid.
She also stated that the thugs burnt down the party secretariat’s building and every thing in it.
“It’s all burnt down. Nobody could come close because the APC thugs were here all through the night, shooting ammunition in the air. I am actually standing in the SDP office in Lokoja. What exactly is Yahaya Bello doing? Do we have a president that watches? what about Oshiomole? What about APC? Are they proud of their product?”
Barr. Akpoti stated that Bello has failed in his responsibility as the governor of Kogi State to protect her life, including the life of others, as well as properties, in the state and called for his immediate resignation as the governor of the state adding that she does not know what he is doing in authority as the incumbent governor of Kogi State.
Akpoti also alleges that the Kogi Police Commissioner, Esa Sunday Ogbu, was a part of those who connived to make the attack on her and the state’s SDP head office.
She called out the incumbent governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, as well as the incumbent governor of Ekiti and other top politicians in APC, questioning their loyalty and support for Bello.
“I’m calling out El-Rufai.. you told me in Russia that you are going to support the return of Yahaya Bello, is this what you stand for? Amaechi, Fayemi of Ekiti, is this what you all stand for? Are we not human beings in Kogi State? Don’t we deserve to have a good leader? Are we slaves? Are we not Nigerians? Are we not protected by the constitution?” the SDP candidate queried.
Akpoti further asserted that after she was informed that the SDP head office was on fire, she quickly alerted the Department of State Service (DSS), police, and the military, who could not do anything on their arrival at the scene.
Akpoti said, “The military tried to get close to the secretariat to stop the fire but were unable to because the APC thugs were here in their numbers with machine guns. At night, this whole place was burning, people could not have access to it. This place burnt down all night.”
Akpoti further accused the State Commissioner of Police, Akeem Busari, of being complicit in the attack on the SDP head office. “No immunity should stop you from arresting Yahaya Bello,” she said to Busari.
She stated, “Last night, my policemen could not come close because we saw vehicles from the police, and the kind of guns they were carrying. They have bomb actions, machine guns, and were shooting in the air, surrounding this building for 2 hours till it burnt down, and the commissioner of police was around and could not stop them.”