The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kogi state chapter, has raised alarm over alleged plots by members of the All Progressives Congress, APC to rig the governorship election slated for Saturday.
According to a statement by its State Publicity Secretary,Bode Ogunmola, the PDP drew the attention of the public to the alleged sinister agenda to compromise the outcome of the poll.
The party alleged that Lt.Colonel Isidore Amah, whom it claimed is very knowledgeable about the terrain in Kogi state, has been transferred from his duty post in the North-East to Kogi with instruction to manipulate the election.
“Lt. Colonel Isidore Amah was transferred from his duty post in the North-East to Kogi State two weeks ago and has instructions to manipulate the elections in favour of the APC candidate Abubakar Audu. In 2007, then a Captain in the Nigerian Army, he is alleged to have killed 4 unarmed election observers, because they challenged his partisan disposition. That in the last House of Assembly elections, Lt. Col. Amah took a 2-week leave from his base in the North East to aid the APC in rigging elections in Kogi East. He has been deployed to Dekina Local Government area of Kogi State where Idris Wada hails from to aid the APC to rig out the Governor in his Local Government,” the statement reads.
The party also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to investigate, review and replace some alleged compromised INEC and election ad-hoc officials. They include the electoral officer for Kogi local government, Christopher Utile and the HOD Training at INEC office in Lokoja, Idris Uchari.
Ogunmola in the statement also called on security operatives to be on the look out for the Head of Security for the Audu/Faleke Campaign Organization, Rtd General Akpa and a retired police officer, ACP Aurelius Adejoh
“In the light of the above, we are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari as the custodian of our democratic institutions to immediately intervene and ensure that the said Lt. Colonel Isidore Amah is immediately arrested and investigated based on the details of his clandestine assignment to Kogi State. Coming at a time the Buhari administration is preaching loudly about the need to instill discipline into the Nigerian Army, such flagrant abuse of military power should not be condoned by Nigeria’s Commander-in-Chief,” he said.
It will be recall that the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, lastweek, said the party has incontrovertible records of separate meetings, between the Presidency and the new INEC leadership as well as with some top security officers, wherein the agencies were ordered to use official and unofficial means necessary to ensure victory for the APC in the November 21 Kogi governorship election.