Wada, Bello trades words over allegation

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THE campaign organisation of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship candidate, in kogi state Engr. Musa Wada has alleged that the state government is using Five Thousand Naira “loan” as bait to dispossess voters of their Permanents Voters Card(PVC)
Meanwhile in a swift reaction, the Director General on Media and Publicity, Mr. Kingsly Fanwo said PDP is well known for their frivolous and dubious allegations
In a statement issued on Sunday by
Faruk Adejoh-Audu the Head, Communications and Strategy, Engr. Musa Wada Gubernatorial Campaign Organisation which copy was made available to Sunday Tribune in Lokoja stated that the agents have been unleashed across the state particularly in rural areas to offer the said cash to poor and indigent people willing to submit their PVC as collateral for the scam.
The statement reads in part, “These agents of evil are said to be targeting communities with large voter populations across the state and were sited in many areas of Kogi East Senatorial District to execute the agenda of disenfranchising as many persons as possible. Reports from the other senatorial districts equally indicate a similar ongoing fraudulent scheme. 
“Our findings indicate that this evil con is designed by the outgoing government as one last impetuous chicanery to stop as many people as possible from besieging the polling units on November 16 to massively evict it from the seat of power it has abused and desecrated for close to four years
“The  PVC stolen from the people using this decoy will be given to rogue elements to use in voting or to compromised ad-hoc electoral staff to use in hiking accreditation figures in polling units with the ultimate aim of writing results.
“We are advising the expiring regime in our state to please restrict  itself to playing by the rules so as to get the consolation votes it can muster because we are resolved to resist any attempt at manipulating and rigging the imminent elections using every legitimate means at our disposal. 
“It should really be a matter of concern that after almost four years in power, the outgoing regime cannot call in any goodwill or favour from the citizens of the state rather they are busy inventing and devising means of swindling the people of their right to determine who rules them.
“This Campaign organisation hereby demands that the Directorate of State Services(DSS), the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) immediately commence an investigation into this evil plot which is clearly a treasonable crime against the people and the state.
“We hereby call on the good people of Kogi State, the labour unions, religious organisations, market women, youth groups, students, community associations and all lovers of the liberty of our dear state to immediately alarm the masses of the ongoing scam using Five Thousand Naira (N5,000) as decoy to rob them of their right to vote.
“People should be enlightened to immediately raise alarm and call in the police or community leaders if anyone approaches them to submit their PVCs for any reasons whatsoever.
“The task of liberating Kogi State from the grip of hunger, lack of development,an unfocused and cluelessness government, thuggery and violence belongs to all. We must all rise to defeat this desperate scam.
In a swift reaction, the state government has said that PDP is well known for their frivolous and dubious allegations. Everything about them is darkness as shown in their last Primary which led to loss of lives with many injured.
The Director General Media and Publicity to the governor, Mr. Kingsly Fanwo while reacting to the allegation state that they are not going to be drawn into a mud fight with the PDP whose candidate’s first word is “Fire” after his contentious victory at the primary.
His words, “We won the last election clean without bribing anyone and we will win again without the ‘fire’ they promise.
“PDP should sort its crumbling house out and stop murky politics.
Governor Yahaya Bello won’t threaten fire like their candidates because he has ensured peace and harmony in the State.

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