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The Kogi State Government has dismissed allegations of plans to embarrass the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar ahead of the party’s rally in the State.
It said the PDP was “desperately looking for a cover-up after Kogites rejected their money and refuse to attend their rally on Monday”.
Addressing journalists in Lokoja, on Sunday, Governor Yahaya Bello, who was speaking through his Director General of Media and Publicity Kingsley Fanwo, said the PDP had continued to promote its “litany of lies” in the face of a failed rally in the State.
“They first lied that we denied them of the use of our Stadium until we made public a letter conveying the Governor’s approval to use the Stadium.
“The next on their Dubai-engineered list of lies is that we are planning to cause crisis to disrupt the Rally. Again, we say it is another PDP style of covering up their known failings.
“As a Government, we respect the person of Alh. Atiku Abubakar and the Office he held. We won’t use the kind of Motor Park language of the Presidential Campaign Council of the PDP in the State to describe their own Presidential Candidate. Calling our Governor an accidental Governor is a plan of the PDP to spark unrest and steal the funds released to them for mobilization.
“We wouldn’t have taken the person of Austin Okai serious, given that he is facing charges across the country for his lies. But we deem it necessary to set the record straight and alert the public to the fact that our Government has no hand in the woes of the PDP.
“We are not unawares of the importation of thugs into our state to cause crisis and blame it on the Government. We are watching and we are sure security agencies are on top of their games to ensure the peace we enjoy is not breached by those who armed our youth when they were in power”.
Fanwo said “Kogi State remains an APC State because the administration of Alh. Yahaya Bello has performed well to the admiration of the Kogi people,” urging the people of the State to remain calm in the face of the “invasion of the state by Mararaba beer parlor champions”.