Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, yesterday, cautioned members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) against engaging in anti-party activities.
Giving the warning, in Lokoja, during an interactive session with critical stakeholders from Kabba-Bunu/ Ijumu Federal Constituency, the governor warned that offenders would be appropriately sanctioned. He reminded the visitors that Kogi remains an APC state and would deliver for its presidential candidate next year.
Bello warned council chairmen to avoid wrangling in the party at the third tier of governing, stressing that his administration had worked assiduously to make APC formidable in the North Central state.
Recalling that he championed the ‘Kogi Arise group’ that gave President Muhammadu Buhari victories in 2015 and 2019 and fully delivered on other elective positions, the governor charged the stalwarts on unity to consolidate the enviable records.
HOWEVER, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has urged the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to probe the governor for alleged death threats to political opponents.
Its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, said the call followed a viral video in which the Kogi helmsman was reportedly seen at Ihima in the central senatorial district of the state saying anyone that goes against his political aspirations would run errands for his mother in the grave.
The HURIWA boss continued: “His Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, has reportedly denied these utterances, but he is not claiming the viral video was forged, neither is he saying that wasn’t his principal on tape.”
He, therefore, submitted that the tape and content be thoroughly investigate the police high command, stating: “The comment is irresponsible of any political leader governing a diverse state like Kogi. It is disturbing and calls for introspection, detailed analysis and investigation to ensure that those kinds of body language, innuendos and signals do not translate to physical violence, especially as Nigeria enters the most crucial political season of campaign soon this month.”