Guber Poll: Kogi Govt. accuses SDP of stage managing witnesses attack


The Kogi State Government has debunked allegations of attacking Social Democratic Party, (SDP) witnesses in the ongoing tribunal case where the opposition party is challenging the victory of the All Progressives Congress in the November 2023 Governorship Poll.



Recalled according to the APC that the SDP failed in their efforts to substantiate their claims on the BVAS, got more angry when their witness also fumbled on the issue of alledged certificate forgery, lamented that they now choose to stage manage allegations of attack on it witnesses in some parts of the State.

Addressing a Press Conference in Lokoja, the Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communications Hon. Kinsley Femi Fanwo made the position of the Government known, accused SDP of stage managing attacks on their witness.

Fanwo averred that, the Kogi State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Alh Ahmed Usman Ododo, the democratically elected Governor of the State will be undaunted in its resolve to serve the people of the State rather than be entangled in the propaganda festival by the jobless and idle SDP.

“The Kogi State Government is unwavering in its stance on security and constitutionalism as the basic minimum in ensuring a peaceful and secured state. It is important to enlighten the SDP to the fact that the case at the Tribunal is between parties of which the State Government isn’t one. It is the responsibility of the Government to protect all citizens irrespective of their political or religious persuasions.

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“To this end, the State Government did not receive any report of politically stirred crisis and therefore surprised at the blatant, false, spurious and pedestrian claims by the Social Democratic Party in the party’s usual way of whipping up sentiments and spreading falsehood to win public sympathy.

” It is clear that SDP’s petition is suffering an irreversible setback at the Tribunal as the comedians they presented as witnesses probably didn’t rehearse their lines well or they are falling because their claims have their foundation in fiction. It will be unacceptable for them to vent their impending failure on the State Government that is doing all it can provide security for all in the State”.

He maintained that, the Kogi State Government doesn’t subscribe to violence and actions that breach the peace of the State.

Continuing, Fanwo said ” We will also not accept statements deliberately made to incite the people against the Government and possibly spark panic. The SDP must always be prepared for the consequences of their actions and utterances against the Kogi State Government or its officials.

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” The illogic of the SDP’s claims is characteristic of a party that is desperately making efforts to hug the limelight through propaganda. Why would anyone attempt or even attack a witness that has testified against those that paid him to witness for them? The discerning public is following the tribunal case and understands there is no need to attack witnesses that are doing enough to make SDP lose woefully in the law court.

“The Governor of Kogi State is a law abiding gentleman who is working hard to consolidate on the achievements of the immediate past administration. He promised to protect all Kogites irrespective of their political and religious beliefs. His commitment to fulfilling such promises is iron cast and unimpeachable”.

“For the National Chairman of the SDP to make false claims against the Kogi State Government before gentlemen of the Press is further proof of the party’s irrelevance and the reason the party is not controlling any state in the Federation. Kogi State cannot be a podium for the SDP to test its songs of division, ethnic bigotry and violence.

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The information Commissioner also noted that, it was absurd and incomprehensible for the SDP to continue to exhibit anti-democratic tendencies and provoke the sensibility of the people in such a reckless manner.

” If they are so confident in their incompetent petition, why resort to self help? As a legitimate Government, we won’t be soiled in the oil of prejudice that the SDP has engaged in with impunity. We will protect all the people and residents of the State and also protect our integrity and image. If any attack did happen as claimed by the SDP, it must have been stage-managed by the SDP to justify their failure to produce the number of witnesses they claimed to have in line with their modus operandi as witnessed during the campaign” he stated.

He admonished the people of Kogi State to go about their normal businesses as there won’t be any chance for anyone to attack any Kogite, stressing that, no stone will be left unturned to ensure peace and security in the State.


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