A tragic outcome was averted at the headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Abuja, on Monday when scores of protesters stormed the premises demanding that Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, should not contest the forthcoming November governorship election in the state.
Reports say the protesters came out in their numbers bearing placards with various inscriptions like ‘second term ticket is death sentence for workers in Kogi, ‘‘We demand freedom from the diabolic and wicked GYB, ‘Presidency, save Kogi from Bello’, Bello, stop giving guns to our youths’, GYB, where is our money’, ‘give us direct primaries’, ‘Buhari, please stop Bello’, among others.
However, a tragic outcome was averted when some other men, believed to be Bello’s supporters, also stormed the secretariat in their numbers with police patrol vans and other unmarked cars, threatening to unleash mayhem on anybody protesting against the governor.
But the demonstrators who enumerated the many sins of Governor Bello had left the scene at the time.
While ordering the security details at the ruling party’s national secretariat to caution any further anti -Bello protest, one of the governor’s loyalists was reported to have said: “Nobody can stop Governor Bello’s re-election. All those opportunists that voted for Atiku Abubakar during presidential elections are now coming back to decide who will be the governor of Kogi. Why are they protesting in Abuja instead of coming to the state’’ he reportedly asked.