From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
The Secretary of the Media and Publicity Committee of the APC 2019 Governorship Campaign Council, Dr Tom Ohikere has disclosed that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been importing and arming thugs in the lead up to the election.
Ohikere said the importations of these thugs are intended to cause mayhem and harm leading figures in the APC Campaign.
Ohikere raised the alarm in a statement made available to newsmen at the weekend, he said these are all symptomatic of PDP’s desperation and the latest tactics in their lack luster campaign.
He said: “Report reaching us have it that the PDP in their desperation have resorted to extremely desperate measures such as recruiting, importing and arming thugs from neighboring states, Nassarawa Toto in particular with which they intend to prosecute their campaign, to unleash terror and intimidate citizens of Kogi state. These thugs in large numbers are smuggled into the state under the cover of the night.”
“These thugs have been seen at their campaigns where they have been providing policing functions, engaging in reckless actions, harassing the people and undermining legitimately constituted authorities.”
“We also have it that me, the Campaign DG, Senator Smart Adeyemi and others are on the top of their list. These hoodlums are here to intimidate, perpetrate violence and disrupt things. That is what they have been paid for.”
“I am not surprise, we have said it before. The PDP have been talking of fire for fire, in wholesome disregard of the rules of the game and the spirit of sportsmanship.”
“We are calling on our supporters to exercise restrain but continue to remain vigilant and call the attention of authorities when such situation becomes apparent.”
Ohikere further called on the Nigerian Police Force and other law enforcement agencies to be on the top of their game to pre-empt and arrest the hoodlums to forestall the breakdown of law and order.
“The PDP have been casting aspersion on the whole process and blaming state institutions, here and there. All these are just distractions so that they can execute there clandestine machinations.”
“But we are calling on the Police and other security agencies to do the needful and investigate, apprehend and arraign where necessary. The desperate PDP wants to return Kogi state to the insecurity of their past rule.”