The Kogi State chapter of the Labour Party (LP) has cried out over the denial of access to the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja, by Governor Yahaya Bello-led All Progressives Congress (APC) barely 24 hours before its presidential mega rally begins.
Speaking with newsmen on Monday, the Kogi State Chairman of the LP, Hon. Suleiman Abdul Ahmed, disclosed that the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi was to campaign in the State on Tuesday.
Ahmed stated that the party, on several occasions had written to Kogi State Government but was turned down at the last minute.
According to him, despite the frustration from the state government, the party remains resolute to ensure that the campaign holds as planned.
Ahmed stressed that LP would deliver the people from the shackles of poverty and maladministration of the present APC government.
According to him, “If they had denied them the opportunity of using that stadium to campaign, I am not sure they would be in office today. The truth is that some people put up characters that are strange. You go to so many states, you will find campaign billboards and posters. In Kogi State, there is a law, just for you to erect a campaign billboard, you must pay heavily.
“The reason the government put up these policies is to ensure that credible candidates do not win elections, and that will not work. The people are tired of the bad leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kogi State and Nigeria in general. So denying people the ability to use facilities is not the way out. The people will surely vote for candidates that are credible.
“Nobody has a monopoly on violence. We are Obidients. No matter what happens, the campaign will be held tomorrow. Even though it is inside the forest. Money has never been the problem. They made several efforts to discourage us. They even tripled the stadium money just to frustrate us from using the facilities. They are doing this deliberately at the eleventh hour so that the campaign will not hold. The people in charge of the stadium said the order came from the top for us not to have access to use the stadium.”