Former governor and the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the November 21 election in Kogi state has berated the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for engaging in hate campaign against him, insisting that such move will not stop him from emerging victorious at the forthcoming poll.
This was contained in a statement by Prince Abubakar Audu Campaign Council, signed by its chairman, Barrister Humphrey Abah and made available to Vanguard.
He maintained that the assertion that members of the APC family from the Kogi Central have not been at ease since Prince Audu emerged the party-flag bearer is a mental conjecture of a desperate clique to hoodwink the good people of Ebira land and create ethnic bias.
“We wish to put on record that since Prince Abubakar Audu emerged as the APC flag-bearer in a free, fair and transparent primary election, our campaign activities has enjoyed a seamless support from the national leadership of the party and the presidency, contrary to the innuendoes by the so-called ‘‘Concerned Kogi APC Stakeholders’’.
“It is arrant backlash for this hired group to assert that the party’s high command did everything possible to prevent Prince Abubakar Audu’s emergence as the APC flag-bearer,” he said.
Audu said the PDP chose to engage in hate campaign, designed to wipe up ethnic, jejune and primordial sentiments to boost the lacklustre campaign of the incumbent governor, who he alleged has failed to meet the expectations of the peoples of the state.
“After four years of failed governance, the PDP in Kogi State has suddenly realized that its stewardship is completely bereaved of milestones and therefore, nothing of immense value to take the people as marketing points for its second term bid. These hired political mercenaries have resorted to outright hate campaign, playing an ethnic script, fanning the embers of discord amongst our party members and trying to create a wedge between our candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu and Mr. President. The ultimate intention of this malicious and wicked campaign is to create stumbling blocks on the victory march of Prince Abubakar Audu and his running mate, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke,” he added.
Audu pledged that his campaign trail would remain focused and refuse to be distracted by the antics of ‘some small men in power and their collaborating agents in APC’, noting that “the people are eagerly waiting to vent their anger on a slumbering clueless administration whose stewardship has been a tale of disappointment, frustration and gnashing of teeth”.