Protesters are “mischief makers” – Audu

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All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu, has described those against his candidacy in the upcoming November 21 elections as “mischief makers”.

He said this while reacting to protests from placard-carrying protesters who expressed their vehement displeasure with the party’s choice of the ex governor, at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja, where he had gone to collect his certificate of return.

Some of the protesters’ placards read, “Kogi State say no to Audu” and “We need a credible leader in Kogi.”

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC had on Monday March 18, 2013 arraigned Prince Abubakar Audu alongside a former Director General of the Directorate of Rural Development in his administration, Alfa Ibn Mustapha before Justice A.O. Adeniyi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The duo were arraigned on a 36-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of N10,965,837,040 (Ten Billion, Nine Hundred and Sixty-Five Thousand, Eighty Hundred and Thirty Seven Naira, Forty Kobo).

“The case has been with the EFCC since 2003 and I have been contesting election. It is those that do not have electoral value that are making noise and using cheap means to discredit me, it is a very unfortunate situation,” Audu stated.

Leader of the protesters, Suleiman Muhammad, told journalsits that Audu’s case with the EFCC was enough to disqualify him from the contest.

“The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has declared war against corruption. We, the concern citizens of Kogi State, are in support of his anti-corruption move. We want to toe the line of the APC change mantra and we would not support Audu because of his alleged corruption,” he declared.

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