The candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the Kogi Central Senatorial District election, Natasha Akpoti, has alleged that the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, is attempting to assassinate her over her ambition to contest the senatorial seat.
In an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, a copy of which he sent to Saturday PUNCH on Friday, Akpoti alleged that apart from the governor threatening her in the presence of his aides, two of her supporters were killed at one of her campaigns.
She said these had heightened her worries, while calling on the President to use his good offices to ensure her safety and those of her supporters.
The letter partly read, “In only a few weeks that my campaign gained momentum morphing into a movement for the liberalisation of Kogi Central, some of my supporters have been murdered, and among them is Mr Ojo Enesi, who was the youth leader of my campaign organisation in Obeiba, Ihima of Okehi Local Government Area in Kogi State.
“This was followed by the battery, stabbing and butchering of eight of my supporters by known APC thugs at about 9am on February 11, 2019 during a door-to-door campaign at Obeiba in Ihima, Okehi Local Government Area. This is besides those whose property have been damaged and those who have been abducted.”
“From the foregoing, Mr President, I call upon you not as a single mother or as a non-Muslim, part of they have accused me of, but as a Nigerian who is constitutionally allowed to contest elective position, that you please use your good offices to ensure my votes count and to save me and save the lives of my teeming supporters from the murderous thugs being financed to go after me,” she added.