The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has dismissed allegations made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Dino Melaye, that the ruling party in the state is planning to disrupt the upcoming governorship elections.
APC Governorship Campaign Council Spokesman, Kingsley Femi Fanwo, said in a statement issued on Thursday that he described the allegations as “archaic” and “incongruent.”
Fanwo said that Melaye’s allegations that Governor Yahaya Bello and the APC are shopping for thugs to disrupt the election are an archaic warfare strategy of accusing the opponents of your plans, adding that it doesn’t hold water in modern-day politicking.
He noted that the APC is confident of victory in the upcoming election and will deploy all legal, constitutional and administrative means to protect its victory.
“ As incongruent as the allegations are, it is important to state unequivocally here that as a party, we will deploy all legal, constitutional and administrative means to protect our victory, that is certain owing to the massive acceptance of our candidate by the Kogi people,” Femi Fanwo said.
“We are in the contest to win, free and fair. Some are in the contest to take donations to service their prodigal and irresponsible lifestyle, while some are out to negotiate for the future.”
Fanwo further accused Melaye of engaging in theatrical antics, noting that Melaye knows he stands no chance in the upcoming election, leading to his resort to raising false alarms and unsubstantiated claims.
“Dino Melaye, whose ‘ticket’ set fire on the PDP, leading to the detection of key leaders and officials of the party at all levels, knows that he stands no chance in the forthcoming election, hence his usual drama of raising false alarms and claims that do not exist. The game is over for him,” Fanwo declared.
He, therefore challenged Melaye to submit his claims to security agencies and be prepared to defend them, adding that APC, with its robust political structure, is geared towards winning a free and fair election.
“We challenge the abandoned PDP governorship candidate to submit his claims to security agencies and be ready to defend them. With two senators, six House of Representatives members, twenty-two House of Assembly members, twenty-one council Chairmen and all the ward councillors in the state, APC has all the required political structure to win a free and fair governorship poll. Our governor has done so well that the people will endorse his party as they have always done since 2015.”
Fanwo also commended Governor Yahaya Bello for his commitment to security and the effectiveness of his security architecture, warning that any attempts to disrupt the election on November 11 will be met with stiff resistance from the forces of law and security.
Fanwo urged the people of Kogi State to remain undeterred by what he referred to as PDP’s “fear-mongering attitude” and encouraged them to turn out en masse to express their confidence in the APC.