Muri/Sam Gubernatorial Campaign Council of the Social Democratic Party, SDP said that Governor Yahaya Bello’s plan to mobilize thugs in large numbers from across the country to stage insurrections simultaneously in Lokoja and Abuja starting from this weekend has been discovered.
The Campaign Council therefore disowns any group of criminals, who have been paid to impersonate members of the SDP, calling on DSS and Police to use maximum force to contain these insurrectionists.
In a statement signed by the Spokesman, Director Communications, Muri/Sam Gubernatorial Campaign Council, Mr. Faruk Adejoh-Audu, SDP strongly condemned the desperation of Governor Bello, who has descended to sheer criminality.
The statement read in full: It has come to the knowledge of the Muri/Sam Gubernatorial Campaign Council of the Social Democratic Party, SDP that the Governor of Kogi State Mr. Yahaya Bello has commissioned some miscreants to mobilize thousands of thugs from across the country to stage insurrections simultaneously in Lokoja and Abuja, starting from this weekend.
We are aware that thousands of Tshirts bearing the image of Alhaji Muritala Yakubu Ajaka our candidate in the November 11, Kogi Governorship Election and our party logo have been printed by these outlaws and are being distributed to the rented thugs to wear in the course of attacking motorists and destroying property in Abuja and Lokoja this weekend.
The SDP wishes to strongly condemn the desperation of Mr. Bello, which has now descended to sheer criminality. Why would a governor who openly bragged that he won an election, free and fair for his puppet, engage in funding violence through mass impersonation in the nation’s capital?
In the last one week thugs and gun men hired by this same outlaw of a governor have lunched series of attacks on democratic institutions and custodians of such institutions in Kogi State.
Angry that his campaign of violence has led to the relocation of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal to Abuja, Mr. Bello is now importing his gangs of violent thugs to the Federal Capital to attack innocent persons and blame it on the SDP.
We are by this statement informing the security agencies particularly the Nigerian Police Force, NPF and the Directorate of State Security, DSS that except they move to rein in the outlaw in Lokoja, thugs will seige on Abuja tomorrow wearing SDP Tshirts and fez caps.
We totally disown these criminals and call on the DSS and Police to use maximum force to contain these insurrectionists, who have been paid to impersonate members of the SDP.
Mr. Bello sponsored a similar insurrection with his rented thugs wearing SDP T-shirts and fez caps last week in Lokoja to prevent our lawyer’s from inspecting election materials.
We promptly issued a statement to disown the impersonators while they were at it, but unfortunately a section of the media still went to town to report that the insurrectionists were our members even when they were duly in receipt of our disclaimer.
Most of these people relied on the Commissioner of police in Lokoja, one Bethrand Onouha who, to all intent and purposes, has been very biased and compromised in the discharge of his statutory duties in the course of this election.
We are serving notice now that we shall be seeking redress in court against anyone who dares to refer to these thugs as our members after this disclaimer.
Once again, the SDP is not organizing any protests or demonstrations whatsoever. Anyone caught in SDP paraphernalia or memorabilia engaging in any protest or criminal activity in Abuja or Lokoja within this period should immediately be regarded as a mercenary rented to impersonate our members and cause mayhem and should be made to face the full Wright of the law.