The political atmosphere in Bayelsa and Kogi is getting tense as both states get ready for the governorship by-election that will hold on Saturday, November 16, 2019.
Although the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC said it is ready to conduct a smooth election in the two states, some political thugs are already engaging in violent activities some days to the election.
In Kogi, hoodlums believed to be henchmen burnt down the secretariat of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Lokoja, the state capital.
Many people are predicting more violence in the state as a result of a charged contest between the incumbent governor, Yahaya Bello who is on the ballot to secure a second tenure in office, and over 20 other candidates who are vying for the position.
The election in Kogi will also include a rerun of the Kogi West senatorial position between Dino Melaye and Smart Adeyemi. The position which was occupied by Melaye became vacant after he was sacked by the Court of Appeal last month. The court had ordered a fresh election to correct the irregularities that led to Dino Melaye’s victory in the general elections.
Bayelsa, on the other hand, is experiencing some looming violence as PDP’s rally in the Nembe area of the state was violently disrupted on Wednesday. The opposition party in the state, APC has accused the outgoing governor, Seriake Dickson of releasing 100 inmates awaiting trial in Yenagoa to cause electoral violence.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu had informed the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu last week Friday that the force will deploy 32,000 officers to ensure the security of life and property during the election.