By Amuda Dan Sulaiman Fab
Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC Kogi West) has criticized the conduct of the outcome of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senatorial primaries held in Kogi State.
A visibly displeased Senator told journalists at the National Assembly that the exercise was “neither free nor fair and was a complete rape of democracy, a daylight robbery and an extremely manipulated exercise”
Reading a prepared text, he said; “let me state unequivocally and without ambiguity, that the elections which took place on the 22 of May 2022 in Kogi State were neither free nor fair. It is on record that the list of delegates was changed twenty hours to the elections proper.”
He also alleged that “militants, armed men and unidentified thugs in their numbers. This was apart from authorized security agents who were present to observe the event and ensure law and order;” were deployed at the election venue.
The embattled lawmaker further alleged that “persons who were not from Kogi State were brought in to vote under extremely hostile environment.”
While lamenting that the APC leadership foisted a serving commissioner as the returning officer for the exercise, who in turn compelled people to vote against their will, the Kogi West Senator disclosed that he has since filed a petitioning to the national leadership of the party detailing his grievances.
He however disclosed that his electoral misfortune is linked to his unbending position on national issues.
“The accusation that I have stepped on toes by my position on contemporary national issues constitutes a major part of my many offences, and I have absolutely no regrets on the matter.
If the hands of times are turned, I will stand in the same position, speak my mind, the minds of the common man on the streets and project only those values which I believe in. My antecedents speak for me.”
This is as he maintained that contrary to reports in sections of the media, he remains loyal to the state governor, Yahaya Bello.
“I want to say that have no regrets in supporting and standing for the Kogi State government at given times. I have no regrets supporting the Governor of my state, Yahaya Adoza Bello. It remains the proper thing to do,” he stressed.