Faruk Adejoh-Audu, a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi state, has declared that he will not congratulate state governor, Yahaya Bello, over his re-election victory on Saturday, November 16.
Adejoh-Audu, the spokesperson for the Kogi PDP campaign council, stated that the state was turned to a war zone as a result of the governorship election.
He said: “I will have congratulated Governor Yahaya Bello but unfortunately, I cannot because he won no election. What he won was a war waged by him and the Nigerian Police, so I cannot congratulate him.”
The PDP chieftain added that the Kogi state government’s claim that there “there were just pockets of violence is incorrect.” “There is hardly any ward in Kogi state except a few that did not experience violence,” he said.
Earlier, The Herald gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on his re-election in the Nov. 16 gubernatorial poll.
The President, in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Monday, described the election and emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate as “a race well run and a victory well won.”
He commended APC supporters for remaining steadfast and resolute even in the “face of isolated incidents of violence”.
President Buhari condoled with families and loved ones of those who lost their lives as a result of regrettable acts of violence by thugs doing the bidding of their political sponsors.