November 11 2023 governorship election: Declare emergency in Kogi, SDP chieftain tells Tinubu

A chieftain of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kogi state, Hon. Ben Adaji, has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to declare a state of emergency in Kogi state before the November 11 governorship election, to give way for free and fair pools in the state. Adaji, who made the call in Jalingo shortly on arrival from a campaign tour of Kogi,  Monday, said the spate of violent killings and threat to lives and property in Kogi state would not guarantee any free and fair election. Adaji, a former SDP House of Reps candidate for Ankpa, Olamaboro and Omala federal constituency said the situation in Kogi state would militate against credible election if urgent security measures are not taken. “I am calling on Mr President to act fast and declare a state of emergency in Kogi state before the November 11  slated for the governorship election in the state.“A situation where candidates of opposition political parties cannot move freely to campaign due to fear of being attacked  and assassinated would not guarantee  free and fair polls. The SDP chieftain feared that the spate of political killings currently going on in Kogi state, especially Kogi East calls for urgent concern. Adaji added that there is no way INEC can guarantee the people of Kogi state free and fair elections under the present security threat. “We are aware of plans by the ruling APC to deploy armed thugs to all polling units in Kogi east to disrupt elections and to scare people away from voting.“As it is today, a good number of us working for the SDP governorship candidate, Alhaji Muritala Yakubu Ajaka have been penciled down for elimination,” he said. 

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