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2019:10:23

Governor Bello talks tough as one feared dead, many injured in Kogi PDP Governorship Primary

Sep 04, 2019 | The Newsroom
Governor Bello talks tough as one feared dead, many injured in Kogi PDP Governorship Primary

A Delegate to the Governorship Primary Election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Lokoja, Kogi, is feared dead and some party members injured when gunmen invaded the venue in the early hours of Wednesday.

The state Publicity Secretary of the party, Bode Ogunmola, identified the Delegate as Ibrahim Abdullahi from Kogi Local Government Area.

He said that the Delegate who died in the stampede that followed the invasion of the Lokoja Confluence Stadium, venue of the Primary Election by gunmen, had been buried.

Ogunmola said that the Electoral Committee led by Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa would come out with a decision on the development after a meeting.

The gunmen invaded the venue some minutes after 2.a.m when ballots in seven out of the 10 boxes had been sorted out. Thirteen Aspirants participated in the primary.

However, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, William Aya, said that the Police had no record of death from the incident.

But GovernorYahaya Bello of Kogi said that the alleged invasion of the venue of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Primary was unfortunate.

Bello said that the details of the shooting were still sketchy, but noted that the gunfire incident might not be unconnected with the usual ‘do-or-die’ politics of opposition whose desperation to win at all cost had led to such violence and crisis in the state.

The governor, therefore, directed the Security Agencies to get to the roots of the matter immediately, stressing that it posed a grave danger to the November 16 Governorship Election in the state.

He promised to update the public as soon as he had been fully briefed by the Law Enforcement Agencies.

The governor commiserated with the injured and the families of the alleged killing of a party member in the incident.

The governor assured the people of the state that the incident would “not be swept under the carpet” no matter the status of those involved.



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