Parties preparing for war not election, says APC chieftain

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Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

Indications have emerged that the Kogi State governorship election is heading for a violent end, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said.

The woman, a stakeholder in the state’s political development and wife of one of the aspirants in the party’s governorship primaries, Princess Zahrah Mustapha Audu, who raised the alarm at a news briefing in Abuja, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene.

Princess Audu, who said she was raising the alarm because the state had lost too much to election violence in the past, noted that both the governor, who is also her party’s standard-bearer and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had not been engaging the people to woo them for votes.

Audu said that she was more concerned with her party’s disposition, vowing that she would not fold her arms and watch the blood of Kogi people being spilled for the reason of the election, adding that she had plans to mobilise women from within and outside the state to man polling units and protect the people against violence.

The party faithful, who affirmed that she, as well as her husband, had been engaged in serious campaign for the party in their council area, noted that the only way the APC could win through popular votes would have been to start appeasing the people, who had felt badly treated by the APC administration in the state.

She noted that the current lull in political activities in the state was an indication of danger.

“I feel like all the candidates running for the Kogi State governorship election are acting more like they are preparing for war, than campaigning to rule a state because if you are campaigning to rule a state, you will be going out to the people, pacifying them, calling for support, but rather than that they are buying bulletproof trucks and all manners of arms and ammunition.

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