Kogi - The Federal Government has been urged to beef up security ahead of the Kogi State of the swearing in ceremony of governor-elect, Yahaya Bello.
This follows reports some groups opposed to the election, including some from his All Progressives Congress (APC), were planning to disrupt the event scheduled for Lokoja towards the end of the month.
“There is speculation within the the nooks and crannies of the state that some groups are planning to disrupt the inaugural ceremony of the governor elect,” said Ahmed Lukman Omeiza, Chairman Nigerian Community in Ukraine.
He said the proposed violence is coming from the group rebelling against the candidate of Bello as the substitute for late Abubakar Audu.
The move to replace Audu with Bello, instead of James Falake, the deceased’s running mate ahead of the first round of polls, has been a source of tensions within the PAC.
Omeiza said the youths of the eastern senatorial district had consistently maintained there would be no peace during the inaugural ceremony if Falake was not considered a substitute for Audu.
The majority of the APC leaders across the country, supporters of the party within the length and breadth of the state and as well friends of the governor elect from other countries are expected at the inauguration ceremony.
“I wish to call on the Inspector General of Police, commandant Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Chief of Army Staff to provide adequate security for the mammoth crowd that will be coming to witness the inaugural ceremony,” said Omeiza.
“The Federal Government is advised on this note to beef up the security of the state so as to avoid unnecessary violence that may later result in casualty. No individual or group of individuals should hold this country to ransom under any disguise.”
- CAJ News