The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Leadership Council in Kogi State has advised the troops and other security agencies to stop the influx of armed gangsters into the state.
The PDP also blamed the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and the state government of getting armed mobsters into the state to stop the people from voting for the candidates of their desire.
The Council, in a declaration by its Deputy Director of Public Communications Austin Usman, described the recent invasion of armed gangsters as an affront and a blatant effort by the present administration to bring chaos to the hapless populace.
The statement read:
“Heavily armed thugs have started arriving from neighbouring states of Benue, Edo, Ondo, Enugu and Lagos; with Agatu warriors from Benue fully on the list of mercenaries hired to kill and maim the innocent people during the exercise.
“The party challenges security agents to display professional approach, by going round major hotels and lodges in Lokoja, the state capital, some designated hotels in Anyigba in Kogi East, where cache of arms is stocked for election purposes by November 16.
“The state government has also taken possession of some hardened criminals that escaped from Koton-Karfe Prison for the election, just as the allegations against the Speaker of the state Assembly, Mathew Kolawole, of haven imported some set of thugs from Lagos, and it is confirmed that they have arrived in the state capital.
“The state government has designated their arm caches in federal constituencies ranging from Lokoja, Kabba, Okene, Ajaokuta, Yagba East, Adavi, Ankpa, Anyigba and Idah, in hotels and government lodges, where the hoodlums are kept under guarded police cover, to carry out their operations spread across the 21 local government areas.
“The PDP alerts the international community like Amnesty International, UNIDO, the US Embassy and the UK High Commission to beam their searchlights on the Kogi election, as the current governor has declared war on the people of the state to win the election at all costs.