Akpoti-Uduaghan Accuses Kogi State Govt Of Makes an attempt To Disenfranchise Voters

Akpoti-Uduaghan Accuses Kogi State Govt Of Makes an attempt To Disenfranchise Voters

Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan, the senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Kogi central, has accused the state authorities of attempting to disenfranchise voters.

In a Fb stay Replace on Thursday, some residents might be seen round gullies in Ihima, Okehi LGA of Kogi state, whereas others had been attempting to fill some holes.

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Akpoti-Uduaghan mentioned a street excavation was ongoing within the space, including that residents had been trapped.

She additionally alleged that the street excavation was a plot by the state authorities to affect voter turnout on Saturday for the presidential and nationwide meeting elections.

She added:

We awoke this morning to the information that Yahaya Bello has instructed the excavation of all entry roads to my hometown. My hometown is minimize off from Obangede neighborhood; it is usually minimize off from Eika. And proper now, I’m in entrance of one other street which was simply excavated, thereby chopping me out of travelling out of my hometown,

What this implies is INEC wouldn’t be capable to [access] sure communities, particularly my hometown. What this additionally means is that if Yahaya Bello and his APC goons resolve to assault me and the great folks of Kogi central in Ihima neighborhood, it is going to be not possible for the DPO to get throughout to this place. Which means I, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan, my fellow candidates, and supporters are trapped. We’ve no approach out as a result of Yahaya Bello has dug gullies.

Ihima-Ege street was dug simply 10 minutes earlier than I acquired right here. As a matter of truth, I met the Adavi native authorities chairman operating away the second we got here right here. And this has occurred on all different roads. So, which means I’m trapped in right here. And if we don’t cowl these roads by tomorrow, it is going to be not possible for INEC to get their supplies down right here.

I’m calling on the president and all service chiefs to name Yahaya Bello to order. If he’s going to lose, and I do know he’ll lose, he ought to lose honourably. As a matter of truth, Yahaya Bello you aren’t on the poll, so what the hell is your downside? Why are you combating so exhausting? Why are you combating the folks?

That is insanity!!! Yahaya Bello allegedly destroys roads resulting in Natasha’s hometown to stop @inecnigeria from getting there. Thus far, @natashaakpoti and her supporters have stuffed two of the excavated roads! Bravo my sister 👏👏👏 Election will maintain in her hometown! pic.twitter.com/LNL9xR48VA

— Adeola Fayehun (@AdeolaFayehun) February 24, 2023


Reacting to the senatorial candidate’s accusation in a press release, Kingsley Fanwo, Kogi’s commissioner for data and communications, mentioned the street excavation was a deliberate safety measure.

Fanwo mentioned the roads had been minimize off to divert visitors and stop criminals who’ve been breaching the peace of the realm from plying the roads.

He mentioned the transfer was spurred by the December explosion in the neighborhood in addition to current assaults by gunmen.

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Fanwo famous:

It will be recalled that a few days in the past, the secretariat complicated of Okehi Native Authorities suffered from the impact of an explosive machine. The safety companies ensured no life was misplaced on account of the explosion, however the state authorities convened an emergency safety council assembly to handle the safety challenges within the space with a view to devising methods of averting attainable future incidence, particularly as we witnessed related explosion on December 29, 2022 at Okene,

One of many measures arrived at was to limit the variety of routes to the flashpoints to allow safety brokers correctly mount efficient surveillance on the opposite entry roads for the security of the folks, particularly as they go to the polls on Saturday, February 25, 2023.

He described Akpoti-Uduaghan’s accusations as hypocritical, saying she didn’t care concerning the explosion in the neighborhood till she wished to make use of the street.

He referred to as on residents of the state to return out and vote, including that safety measures had been in place to make sure peaceable elections because the Kogi authorities is dedicated to defending its folks.

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