In a recent development, the Kogi State Government has made it clear that there are no plans to arrest the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Hon Leke Abejide. This assurance was given by Kingsley Fanwo, the Commissioner for Information in the state.
The statement comes after Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to provide maximum protection to the ADC candidate. The court also prohibited the DSS, the Police, and Kogi governor, Yayaha Bello, from inviting, arresting, detaining, or threatening the life and properties of Abejide until the hearing and determination of a suit filed against them by the politician.
Addressing the issue, Commissioner Fanwo stated, “No one is trying to arrest any of the candidates running for the governorship election. No one is after him (Leke Abejide, ADC governorship candidate). We don’t know why he’s running helter-skelter that he should not be arrested.”
The clarification from the Kogi State Government comes amidst concerns raised by Abejide and his supporters regarding his safety and well-being. The ADC candidate has been vocal about his fears of being arrested, which led to the court’s intervention to ensure his protection.
It is important to note that the upcoming governorship election in Kogi State has been highly contested, with various political parties and candidates vying for the position. As the election draws near, tensions have been running high, and allegations of intimidation and harassment have been made by several candidates.
In light of these allegations, the court’s order to provide protection for Abejide is seen as a significant step towards ensuring a fair and peaceful electoral process. The Kogi State Government’s assurance that there are no plans to arrest the ADC candidate further reinforces the importance of upholding the principles of democracy and protecting the rights of all candidates.
The ADC candidate, Hon Leke Abejide, has been actively campaigning and highlighting his plans and vision for the development of Kogi State. His campaign has gained momentum, with a growing number of supporters rallying behind him. However, concerns about his safety have been a cause for worry among his supporters and well-wishers.
The Kogi State Government’s statement, through Commissioner Fanwo, seeks to allay these fears and reassure the public that the government is committed to ensuring a level playing field for all candidates. The government’s stance is also in line with the principles of democracy, which emphasize the importance of fair competition and the protection of candidates’ rights.
As the governorship election in Kogi State approaches, it is crucial for all stakeholders, including the government, political parties, and candidates, to uphold the values of transparency, accountability, and respect for the rule of law. This includes refraining from any actions that could undermine the integrity of the electoral process or hinder the participation of candidates.
the Kogi State Government’s assurance that there are no plans to arrest the ADC governorship candidate, Hon Leke Abejide, is a significant development in the lead-up to the governorship election. The government’s commitment to ensuring a fair and peaceful electoral process is crucial for upholding the principles of democracy and protecting the rights of all candidates. As the election draws near, it is imperative for all stakeholders to work together to create an environment that fosters free and fair competition, allowing the people of Kogi State to choose their next leader based on merit and their vision for the state’s future.