The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has formally distanced itself from a purported protest that unfolded at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Lokoja, Kogi State.
Issuing a statement on Thursday, Isaiah Davies Ijele, the Director General of New Media for MuriSam Campaign Council/SDP, clarified that those causing disruptions are not genuine SDP supporters but rather loyalists of the ruling party in Kogi State.
Ijele emphasized that the SDP is a peace-oriented political party, with its ideology centered around promoting peace and pursuing justice through established democratic avenues.
The party is currently seeking redress through the court, and Ijele pointed out that, despite the overall cooperation from INEC, there have been delays attributed to Mrs. Faith Kotso, the Commission’s legal head in Lokoja.
He alleged that deliberate delays by Kotso hindered the SDP’s forensic experts from accessing and examining electoral materials. Furthermore, he claimed that the process was compromised when hoodlums, purportedly loyal to the outgoing administration, seized control.
Expressing concern over the state of affairs, Ijele asserted, “Yahaya Bello is proving to be the biggest threat to our democracy. Kogi state under Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello is in a state of anarchy.”
He raised alarms about the safety of both the tribunal and election materials in Lokoja, suggesting that without timely intervention from the Nigerian Army, the INEC facility could have been attacked, and crucial evidence destroyed.
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