Kingsley Fanwo, the Commissioner for Information and Communications in Kogi State, has rebuffed Leke Abejide’s claims of harassment by the state government and allegations of a third-term agenda, dismissing them as “lacking in intelligence and devoid of logic.”
In a statement issued on Thursday, Fanwo characterized Abejide as a “politician fixated on trivial issues” and a “political opportunist” whose campaign relies on “ethnic opportunism and divisive tactics.”
“Hon. Leke Abejide’s campaign has centered around these baseless and irrational accusations. Whenever I encounter his statements, I am astounded by the extent of his pettiness, mediocrity, and desperate opportunism,” Fanwo remarked.
The commissioner asserted that Abejide is merely a minor player among the gubernatorial candidates and is well aware, deep down, that he lacks popular support to genuinely contend in the Governorship race. At best, he could aspire to become the leader of his local community.
Fanwo contended that Abejide’s assertion that Usman Ododo, the APC candidate, represents Governor Bello’s bid for a third term is indicative of Abejide’s limited understanding of the situation.
Fanwo also issued a challenge to Abejide, urging him to substantiate his claim that Governor Bello had devised a scheme to extract money from the state after his tenure.
As a second term House of Representatives member, it is expected that Hon. Leke Abejide would have learnt some modicum of civility. His allegation that the Governor had perfected a plan to be collecting money from the State after his tenure is not only reckless, but a confirmation of the fact that Abejide is undeserving of occupying positions of responsibility.
“I therefore challenge Leke Abejide, in line of the principle of ‘onus probandi’, to prove the allegation as the burden of proof is on him. Kogites won’t trust a garrulous and careless talker with the Lugard House,” he declared
He, however, called on Kogites to ensure peace before, during, and after the election.