By Ayodele Oluwafemi
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has remonstrated with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Kogi State over the violence that characterized the party’s governorship primaries in Lokoja describing it as the hallmark of the desperation inherent in the opposition.
The Governor in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Hon Muhammed Onogwu described the violence as sad and unfortunate.
Bello who expressed his disappointment with the unholy development stated that the dastardly acts were an affront to the security of lives and property which are the primary achievement of his administration and the one thing Kogites have come to take for granted in recent times.
The Governor remonstrated with the opposition PDP for failing to keep the law, especially as according to him the rival All Progressives Congress (APC) had shown that party primaries could be done without violence.
The Kogi State helmsman who said details of the shooting were still sketchy, however, noted that the gunfire incident may not be unconnected with the do-or-die politics of some of the opposition aspirants whose desperation to win at all costs has led to such violence and crises in the state, including this one.
The Governor directed the security agencies to get to the roots of the matter immediately, declaring that it portendeds grave danger to the state’s gubernatorial elections scheduled for November 16. He promised to update the public as soon as he has been fully briefed by the law enforcement agencies.
Commiserating with the injured delegates and the family of the alleged sole casualty, Governor Bello assured the people of Kogi State that this is one incident which will not be swept under the carpet no matter the status of those involved.
In spite of the ugly incident, the Governor repeated his commitment to institutionalise lasting peace in all parts of Kogi State and insisted that same remained non-negotiable. The Governor who declared that socioeconomic development cannot thrive with violence and thuggery as the order of the day urged the opposition to play by the rules while assuring citizens of their security always.