Kogi Poll: Don’t Subvert Wishes of the People, ACN Warns PDP

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Towards achieving  a  fair  and crisis-free election in the forthcoming council poll the Kogi State, Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Alhaji Haddy Ametuo, has warned the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) not to subvert the wishes of the electorate.

The  chairman, in a statement made available to  newsmen  in  Lokoja, on Sunday, the ACN declared that they would make the state ungovernable if the  PDP believed it could remain perpetually in power.

Ametuo, who personally signed the statement, pointed out that, unlike what happened in 2008 council election where the former governor, Ibrahim Idris, simply directed the state electoral umpire to announce results in favour of the ruling party, they had  no intention of going to court to challenge the outcome of the May 4 election.

He added that they  intended to make any part of the state where the process was rigged ungovernable, more so that seeking legal redress would not change anything in the long run.

He called on the PDP to accept the verdict of  the people in good faith, expressing confidence that the ACN would convincingly win in 11 local governments ,if the process was free and fair.

Ametuo appealed to the law enforcement agencies to be vigilant to avoid breakdown of law and order, warning that any attempt to impose leaders at the grass roots on the people would ultimately lead to a state of emergency in the state.

The  chairman  insisted that the security agencies were supposed to be neutral so as to ensure law and order, pointing out that he strongly believed that the new commissioner of police would not tolerate a situation where his men would be used to cause crisis in the state.

He also alleged that the state deputy governor, Yomi Awoniyi, had  forwarded  names as presiding officers and polling clerks for the five local governments in Okunland after the state electoral umpire had conducted training for these categories of officers, ahead of the council poll.

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