The Kogi State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign council has said the Social Democratic Party (SDP) lacks evidence to support its claims of rigging against the winner of the November 11 governorship election in the state, Ododo Ahmed Usman.
A statement released yesterday by APC campaign Spokesperson/Director of Media and Publicity, Kingsley Femi Fanwo, said SDP’s confusion led to the harassment of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) while playing the victim.
Responding to the SDP’s assertion that the thugs allegedly besieging the INEC office in Lokoja yesterday were hired by the APC, the campaign council said SDP’s outburst aligns with their culture of employing terrible and senseless propaganda to blame others for their actions.
The statement reads, “Today’s failed attack by supporters and thugs of the Social Democratic Party to attack the State INEC Office in Lokoja has confirmed our recent alarm that the party is determined to destroy every relevant government institution just to maintain their false claim to popularity.
“The attempted plan to lynch INEC staff and burn down the INEC Office was gallantly averted by security agents. Their promptness and professionalism are highly commended, as their timely intervention saved what would have been a bloody day. Weapon-wielding thugs of the SDP were dangerously threatening to make the state ungovernable.
“The laughable story of the SDP that the thugs were hired by our party is no deviation from their culture of terrible and senseless propaganda and strategy to blame everyone else for their actions. It is high time the thoroughly defeated candidate of the SDP and his co-travelers to an unknown destination are arrested to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
“We call on APC supporters to remain law-abiding in the face of glaring provocation. War is about using one’s best to the worst to oneself. The Governor-Elect will be sworn in on January 27, 2024, to advance the frontiers of development in our dear state.
“As earlier stated, we wish to reiterate our readiness for any legal challenge, as we know we won an election adjudged as the freest and fairest in the history of our dear state.”