Governor of Oyo State, Mr. Seyi Makinde according to reports was attacked in a hotel in Lokoja, Kogi state
Makinde who is the PDP governor in the South-West geopolitical zone is in Kogi in his capacity as the Chairman of that Council.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that the 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.
It was gathered that the hoodlums scaled the fence of the Hotel and attempted to gain entrance into the main Hotel, the eyewitnesses confirmed.
But a number of security operatives attached to the Governor and some residents of nearby buildings, however, worked with security operatives, to stop the invaders.
An eyewitness at the scene of the incidence said: “They came fully armed and hooded. Some of them scaled the fence of the Hotel and made to enter the Hotel proper. But pandemonium ensued, as there was commotion between security operatives attached to the Governor and the invaders.
“However, some residents in the neighbourhood of the Hotel soon mobilised and joined the Governor’s security to resist the invaders”.
Special Assistant to the Governor on Print Media, Moses Alao confirmed the incident.
Alao said that, “It happened this afternoon around 12.50pm.
“Yes, it happened today. It is not a fake news, it is real”.
PDP accuses APC of sending gunmen after Gov. Makinde, Wada
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday berated the All Progressives Congress (APC) for allegedly sending armed thugs to invade the venue of the meeting of its leaders, including Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and its candidate, Engr. Musa Wada, in Lokoja.
PDP claimed that several “hooded APC thugs, armed with automatic rifles and other dangerous weapons, invaded the venue of the meeting which had Governor Makinde, Engr. Wada, his running mate, Hon. Samuel Aro, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, as well as other party chieftains in attendance.”
The opposition party stated this in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan.
According to the statement: “It took the resistance of the security personnel attached to Governor
Makinde to save the situation, which would have turned calamitous, as the people of Kogi who were around the venue were already poised for a stiff confrontation.
“APC ought to have known by now that their reliance on thugs and violence cannot thrive, as the people are ready to defend their state in this election.
“We urge the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu to caution the APC as well as put every measure in place to check the activities of APC’s thugs so as to ensure a hitch-free, transparent and credible election on Saturday.”
PDP urged the people of Kogi State to remain alert and resolute in their determination to assert their will despite the machinations designed to undermine their spirit at the election.
“It also states that Nigerians should hold the APC and Governor Yahaya Bello responsible should any harm whatsoever befall any PDP member during the period of the election,” the statement added.