The Kogi State chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has describe the desperate efforts of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to eject the party from its new state secretariat in Lokoja as childish.
The Kogi State Chairman of SDP, Alhaji Mouktar Atima, who disclosed this in a statement, on Friday, said the party had it on good authority that the APC was not comfortable with the new SDP office secretariat, adding that they have had sleepless nights seeking ways to revoke the party’s tenancy.
According to the SDP Chairman, the ruling APC has approached the property owner through the National Security Adviser to terminate the tenancy of the SDP. The new secretariat is located opposite Lokoja Local Government Secretariat.
He pointed out that for the benefit of emphasis, the property in question was paid for by LegendArk for office purposes until it was graciously donated to SDP for temporary use which is not against the tenancy terms and conditions.
He emphatically pointed out that the landlord knew it was going to serve as a political office, stressing that the SDP kept wondering why a ruling party was jittery over the opposition.
“The APC led government of the day had started pressuring the landlord to negate on our agreement because APC it is threatened by SDP’s emergence as a preferred best alternative to the Kogi crisis.
“The SDP wishes to query the fear of the APC, wondering why the nearness of location of the two political party’s Secretariat should cause her sleepless night to the extent of seeking to instigate the landlord to revoke the tenancy of the property given to the SDP.
“We in the SDP, therefore, think that the fear of APC regarding the location of the new SDP state Secretariat is uncalled for, borne out of the wide acceptability the party is enjoying ahead the November governorship election.
“We make bold to state that as a party, we are resolute in rescuing Kogi from the hands of adventurers in government. We are assuring the people of Kogi state that SDP is the new bride which is set to occupy Lugard House in 2020,” the chairman said.