Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Saturday, November 16, appealed for peace in the Kogi elections while condemning the attack on Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State in the state on Friday.
It was garnered that some gunmen arrived the Suitorial Hotels, Lokoja, along Stadium Road, where the Governor and some members of the PDP Campaign Council were lodged at about 12.50 p.m., shooting sporadically.
This ugly development spurred Saraki to condemn the violence in the run-up to the polls.
The former Senate President made his stance known via his verified Twitter handle.
“Elections should not be a war, and political affiliations should never silence the voices of reason and peace. We must rise above party affiliations to roundly condemn the scale of violence we are seeing in Kogi State.
Elections should not be a war, and political affiliations should never silence the voices of reason and peace. We must rise above party affiliations to roundly condemn the scale of violence we are seeing in Kogi State.
— Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) November 16, 2019
“There is no democratic victory borne through loss of lives as citizens strive to exercise their constitutional rights to elect the leaders of their choice. No one wins, only our beloved nation Nigeria loses.
“I call on those responsible for ensuring a safe and free election to do all it takes to see that today’s elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States are peaceful and credible, and not a scene of intimidation, violence and blood bath.
“May God guide and protect our fellow Nigerians in Kogi and Bayelsa States today,” Saraki tweeted.
Meanwhile, the PDP governorship candidate in Kogi, Musa Wada urged the voters to stay tight and defend their votes; saying there was an attempt by “hooligans” to disrupt the exercise in one of the polling units earlier.
On the conduct of the polls, Wada said, “It looks peaceful for now”.
“I have advised the voters to stay tight to defend their votes very well. So much security locks down. Police everywhere, this is because Anyigba is very volatile.
“So, we advised that there should be proper security even at that, there were incidences of ballot box snatching.
On his expectation, Wada said, by God’s grace he would be the winner, saying “no matter what they do. What will be, will be”.