The Kogi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has decried what it called early open campaign by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in the state, contrary to the timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The PDP also called on the electoral umpire to sanction the ruling party for the abuse of electoral guidelines. Speaking in an interview with newsmen in Lokoja, the Kogi State PDP Publicity Secretary, Hon. Bode Ogunmola, described APC as “a lawless organisation.”
He accused APC of carrying out open campaigns across the state contrary to the timetable released by INEC. “The Kogi State APC is a Lawless Organisation. The APC is the only Political Party that is conducting rallies statewide. It has started open campaigns and this is against INEC’s regulations. Since APC has nothing to offer in terms of good governance, it has a lot of time for political mischief.
“In the last two months, APC has held rallies and campaigns in many local government areas. INEC should have the courage to wield the big stick. Sanctions must be imposed or anarchy will set in. Ogunmola called on INEC to call the APC to order, saying, “imagine what will happen if other political Parties start doing what APC is doing now. There will be chaos. The political space would look chaotic”.
“It is very unfortunate that it is the party in power, APC which needs all available time to concentrate and address the tons of problems afflicting the state that is braking the law organising campaign rallies for an election that is about a year away and INEC looks on helplessly. “If INEC is truly independent as it often want to make the public believe, let it exercise it’s power on APC so that other parties can respect the rules, otherwise it will lack any moral ground to challenge any opposition party for jumping the gun too.” “The APC Government have failed Kogites. The rally going on is a panicking one to create an erroneous impression that all is well in the APC Government and in the party. They are liars,” Ogunmola stressed.