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Protests have spread in parts of Kogi state over the choice of a particular candidate to replace late Prince Abubakar Audu in a supplementary governorship election.
Prince Audu was on the verge of winning the election when he died suddenly.
His party, the All Progressives Congress, nominated Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who came second during the primary elections to take Audu’s place on the ballot.
However, aggrieved youths have taken to the streets, demanding that late Prince Audu be replaced by his son, Mohammed.
The youth began their protest Saturday at Itobe in Ofu LGA of the state.
But by yesterday when the news spread that Yahaya Bello had been confirmed as Audu’s replacement, protests erupted in Ankpa, Idah and Ochadamu, the heartland of the Igala ethnic group.
The protesters are demanding that the national leadership of the APC, should rather settle on late Audu’s son Mohammed.
The protesters are said to be aggrieved that the APC leadership is settling for a candidate that allegedly worked against the party in the run-off to the election.
A chieftain of APC from Kogi East, Alhaji Ibrahim Lincho Ocheje, said such protests would continue in the coming days if nothing was done to address the grievances of the people.
He said people of Kogi East were instrumental to the success of the APC in the November 21 governorship election and as such, deserved to be considered accordingly following the death of Prince Abubakar Audu.
He said aggrieved youths from the area are threatening to take their protest to the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja if the situation is not addressed.
Lincho advised the party leaders to handle the Kogi governorship logjam with utmost care so as not to lose support in the state.
In another development, former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ahmadu Ali was attacked yesterday by some irate youths at Audu’s home town, Ogbonicha.
The incident happened during the 8th day fidau prayers for late Prince Audu.
It was gathered that the youths attacked and smashed Senator Ali’s car and that of Senator Nicholas Ugbane.
It was not clear not clear what informed the action of the youth.
It was learned that running mate to late Audu, James Abiodun Falake did not show up at the prayers.
Source close to Faleke however said he may be avoiding the place because of Saturday’s protest by some youth.