The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to an alleged threat by Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, to burn anyone who stands in his way in the 2023 general elections.
Naija news reports that a viral video that surfaced on social media captured moment Governor Bello threatened to “light a fierce fire in my hand (and) whoever want it, we shall use it to burn them”.
Reacting to the development, the opposition PDP, in a statement by its spokesperson, Debo Ologunagba, on Wednesday claimed that the statement attributed to Governor Bello has exposed “the individuals who engineered the gruesome killing of many of our citizens including the PDP Woman Leader in Kogi State, Mrs. Salome Abu, who was burnt alive in her house in 2019.”
Ologunagba further plead with the president, Muhammadu Buhari to call the governor to order and place him and his supporters on a security watch list.
He, then charged the Inspector General of Police to immediately commence a comprehensive investigation into the activities of Governor Bello as well as prosecuting him at the end of his tenure as governor of Kogi state.
The statement partly reads; “From his outburst, Nigerians now know the individuals who engineered the gruesome killing of many of our citizens including the PDP woman leader in Kogi state, Mrs. Salome Abu, who was burnt alive in her house in 2019.
“Also, Nigerians now have more insight into the disappearance of Hon. Adelabu Musa, the PDP chairman in Okene local government area for over three years now.
“Furthermore, the PDP recalls how the Bello-led Kogi state government was accused of breeding and arming thugs as well as fake security operatives to harass and attack Nigerians in Kogi state during the 2019 general elections.
“This threat to violence and actual violence to Nigerians especially at this time have the capacity to cause a breach of public peace, truncate the 2023 electoral process and derail our democracy.”
“We urge Nigerians, especially those in Kogi state not to be deterred by Yahaya Bello whose days in office are numbered but remain vigilant and continue to rally with the PDP in the determination to liberate our nation from the stranglehold of the APC and the likes of Yahaya Bello, come 2023.”
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