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Kogi Government bans Dino Melaye from using State Stadium



Kogi Government bans Dino Melaye from using State Stadium

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello of blocking their governorship candidate, Dino Melaye, from holding the grand finale of his campaign at Lokoja Stadium.

The PDP National Spokesperson, Debo Ologunagba, spoke with reporters in Abuja on Tuesday, where he asserted that the governor had refused the party’s request to use the stadium for their governorship campaign’s closing event.

Ologunagba pointed out that the potential for violence in the state should not be attributed to the opposition PDP because the party does not have control over the state’s security apparatus.

The PDP’s spokesperson suggested that any violence that might occur could be linked to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), emphasizing Governor Yahaya Bello’s reputation for having violent tendencies.

He remarked,

“We are not a violent party. Go and ask the All Progressives Congress. I gave you a statement about the deputy governorship candidate of APC in Bayelsa State, where he said they should send people into the ocean. It’s an electoral offence.

“We don’t act on violence; we dwell on issues. Look at it now; we were going to do the final campaign in Kogi state on Thursday (but) Governor Yahaya Bello has just refused to use the stadium in Lokoja. Come on. Isn’t that violence? They just refused us.”

Additionally, the PDP spokesperson disclosed that Dino Melaye has announced an alternative venue for the final campaign, which will take place on Thursday.