A passionate appeal has gone to Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to intervene in the subterranean plot by some politicians in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to substitute the name of the party’s House of Assembly candidate for Ankpa I state constituency, Emmanuel Adukwu.
Adukwu made the appeal in a press statement released to newsmen in Lokoja on Tuesday.
The physically challenged candidate accused some forces within the party, alleging that there was a plot to replace him as the flag bearer in the 2023 Kogi House of Assembly election.
According to Adukwu, the forces have vowed to deny him the ticket insisting that his name would be removed as APC candidate for Ankpa 1 State constituency.
He appealed to the governor to allow justice to prevail, adding that the same persons have further boasted that they will give his ticket to a more favoured candidate.
He stressed further that they threatened to substitute his name with that of another candidate who was not part of the process.
The APC flag bearer said after getting a letter of clearance, issued with a certificate of return after winning the APC primary election for the constituency, some forces are bent on thwarting the Governor’s efforts to ensure that the disability community is represented in the House of Assembly.
The APC flagbearer lamented that some persons have vowed not to allow a person with disability represent them, but he pointed out that his physical condition did not affect his brain and intellect.
The APC flagbearer said he is a registered voter, with a voter’s card in his constituency, but disclosed that some persons are boasting that the INEC nomination form have been given to them to fill on the pretext that his APC membership registration was done in Lokoja.
Mr Emmanuel Adukwu Bob disclosed too that his father, late Mr. M.M. Adukwu is a crowned prince in Ankpa LGA so also is his mother, adding that those bent on stealing his mandate are alleging that he is from Omala LGA..
The decision to give him an automatic nomination form by the governor, Mr Emmanuel Adukwu Bob explained, is occasion by Gov. Bello’s love for the disability community.
He said that singular gesture earned Gov. Yahaya Bello commendation from the disability community, with praises on all national and international television stations, adding any attempt to upturn his mandate would portray the state in bad light.
While pointing out that any attempt to substitute him unconstitutionally, Mr Emmanuel Adukwu Bob explained may make him to seek legal redress to challenge any act of injustice that would be done to his mandate.