The All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Campaign Council in Kogi State has expressed concern over an alert raised by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) regarding a purported planned attack on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Lokoja.
In a statement on Sunday night, the APC Campaign Council accused the SDP of having sinister motives and urged the public to hold the SDP responsible for any untoward incident at the INEC office.
The statement, signed by Kingsley Fanwo, the Director of Media and Publicity/Spokesperson for the Council, asserted that the SDP’s alert was an attempt to cover up its alleged plan to burn down the INEC office.
The APC claimed that the SDP was resorting to false alarms to divert attention from its inability to substantiate claims about the credibility of the Kogi State Governorship Poll, which the APC described as the best in the state’s democratic history.
The APC Campaign Council called on security agencies to enhance security around INEC offices across the state, alleging that the SDP’s actions were a desperate move to discredit the election results.
Fanwo emphasized that despite SDP’s intimidation and alleged violent activities in some parts of the state, INEC successfully conducted a credible, free, and fair election, with security agencies ensuring the integrity of the electoral process.
The statement commended the people of Kogi for rejecting what it referred to as “ethnic bigots” and voting in a manner that reflected unity. The APC expressed confidence in facing any legal challenge from the SDP, stating that the opposition party failed to win the election and resorted to baseless claims.
In response to the APC’s allegations, the SDP had earlier claimed to have uncovered plans to burn down the INEC office in Kogi State. The party, through its New Media Director, Isaiah Ijele, called for increased security around the INEC office to prevent any potential attack by what it termed “mandate bandits.”