Kogi: Protest rocks Mopa-Muro over APC’s Assembly primaries
Members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State, particularly youths, have come to the streets of Mopa, Mopa-Muro Local Government Area, demanding that the party’s House of Assembly primaries be held in a free, fair, and credible environment.
According to Daily Post findings on Thursday, the protest forced the APC primary to be postponed due to the unhappy party members’ fear of a collapse of law and order in the local government.
The issue began, according to reports, when word got out that the local government chairman, Sunday Moses Alumo, had ordered that equipment for the exercise be redirected to his personal residence.
According to party sources, this angered party members quickly retaliated by barricading roadways and threatening brimstone and fire.
They allegedly accused the council leader of being biased, claiming that he had already chosen an APC candidate for Mopa-Muro.
The vehicle carrying the council boss and a serving House of Assembly member was also reportedly blocked by the irate APC members.
A leader of the party, who spoke with newsmen under the condition of anonymity, appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello and security agencies to wade in to forestall the breakdown of law and order.
He pleaded that Governor Bello prevails on the local government chairman to take the election materials to the secretariat, instead of his personal residence.
A resident, Lekan Abiodun, confirmed that the materials have been moved to the police station in Mopa while the rampaging youths have divided themselves into two groups to stop any undemocratic move.
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