Dino Melaye, the senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi West senatorial district, yesterday accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, agents of intimidation, harassment of the opposition and destruction of his billboards.
Though, the state government in a reaction has denied the allegations, saying the allegations are unfounded and an attempt to cheaply blackmail the government.
This was made known to journalists in Kabba yesterday by the Director General of Dino Melaye Senatorial Campaign Organisation, Chief Shola Ojo, during its inaugural meeting.
Ojo, a former member of House of Representatives and erstwhile Secretary to the State Government (SSG), said the meeting deliberated on sundry issues preparatory to the flag-off of the campaign.
He condemned the destruction of Melaye’s campaign billboards by unknown persons, and called for full investigation by the local government sole administrators to fish out the culprits or be seen as accomplishes.
The campaign director noted that the party was aware of the marching order handed the hoodlums to mark PDP supporters in the zone as targets of violent attacks in the days ahead.
Advocate gathered that despite the lifting of ban on campaign by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the meeting initially slated to hold at the Melaye campaign organisation office along Okene road was later moved to the Kogi West PDP zonal office in Kabba due to failure to secure police permit. The police were said to have referred the conveners of the meeting to the state Commissioner of Police in Lokoja
Previously, the police authorities in Lokoja had been at loggerheads with Melaye. The former had declared the senator wanted for his alleged refusal to honour its invitation over the exchange of fire power between his convoy and the police in the state few months ago.