Stop the Blackmail, Respect our Traditional Institutions, says Gen.Akpa

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A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressive Congress, (APC), Maj. General Patrick Ademu Akpa rtd, leading “The HOPE Agenda Team” has called on all political actors, particularly those in power to stop blackmailing Kogi Royal Fathers.

In a statement issued by the Rtd general, he said “understand the constitutions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in relations to the powers of the Executives over the traditional institutions.

He however said the purpose is to allow the Royal Fathers the time to carry out their duties as custodians of traditions and not to take undue advantage of the constitution to box them to a very tight corner.

The statement which reads in part said “Great Kogites, home and abroad, yesterday brought us another sad memory that would remain as one of the worst historical events in our calendar as a people.

“However, The HOPE Agenda Team is saying all hope is not lost if only we can consciously readjust our mindset from the way the perpetrators want us to be begin to think.

“It is a deliberate design to use the revered traditional institutions of our people for their selfish political interest even against the will of the custodians. However, the people always win in a situation like this if only we can slow down in trading blames.

He called on all the people of Kogi State to be wary of such dramas as many will still unfold, saying that If the people do not lose focus on the goal, victory is assured, adding that the enemies of the state will keep distracting them until November.

“I appeal to us to take it easy on our Royal Fathers but pay serious attention to the intentions of those who blackmail them into doing the things they do as election is fast approaching. We have endured enough sufferings, so, we must be very watchful not to be distracted.

“Let me note here clearly that our Royal Fathers visiting the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari is not a crime but it should not be politicize letting our Royal Fathers to make some political requests on behalf of the incumbent Governor.

“On this note, I also want to ask His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari to grant all the people orientated requests made to him by our Royal Fathers during yesterday visit and leave all the political matters to our dear party, the All Progressives Congress and the good people of Kogi state to be determine through democratic processes. He said

According to him, the greatest endorsement comes from the ordinary people and not the sponsored sets in the society, said “I am convinced that all Kogites have made up their minds already and these being acted would not change their opinion as regards the November, 2019 gubernatorial election of Kogi State.

“Dear Kogites, I am with you, to lead the state to a place of HOPE where all Kogites (Royal Fathers and ordinary people) can be in control of their destinies again. Let’s quickly understand the manipulations and rise above this pettiness.

“Democracy is purely about the people because in their hands is the power choose or not, he maintained.

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