Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi State, allegedly attempted to hurt Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan, the senator-elect of Kogi Central, during the March senatorial election.
She said that shots were fired at her car by the governor’s goons.
During a Tuesday appearance on Politics Today on Channels Television, Akpoti-Uduaghan made the accusation.
“I have video proof that shows that I heard firearms firing and that his goons fired at my car.
“It was the recent past; they were wearing APC shirts, and Amoka was among them; he served as the local government of Okehi’s returning officer. I have the video of him leading the ten men to shoot at me,” the woman remarked.
The senator-elect continued by expressing worry over the governor’s recent remarks in which he recognized her as the legitimate winner of the Kogi Central seat.
She took issue with the governor’s comments, pointing out how contradictory it is to put people’s lives in jeopardy while praising democracy.
This is not the beauty of politics, he added; this is its beauty. You don’t put people in danger, go on a killing spree, damage property, or sabotage the democratic process because you want your candidate to win and refer to it as “the beauty of democracy,” the speaker stated.
Additionally, Akpoti-Uduaghan said that the governor purposefully interfered with state-wide vital routes in order to prevent the election from proceeding as planned.
In addition, the governor obstructs roadways. The governor excavated gullies and cut five roadways the day before the election. That was probably done to save my life, but it was also done to stop the election from happening.
“We had to cover the gullies so that the election could take place, so thank God we had the payloaders and I went all night,” she continued.
The politician insisted that she had to show her strength in spite of the threats in order to avoid giving the impression that she was weak to other women who were in or aspired to be in positions of political leadership.
“A lot happened that we were unable to even present to the media because I didn’t want to appear to be in constant need of assistance. I had to be strong because I didn’t want to be a role model for other women who could be deterred from entering politics because they believe it to be too aggressive or turbulent.