The Ebira Renaissance Group (ERG) in conjunction with Ebira Youth Congress (EYC) have called for a judicial settlement to the governorship tussle in Kogi State.
They disclosed that the death of late Abubakar Audu has created a vacuum many interested groups are jostling to fill, adding that the ERG and EYC have taken exception to the ethnic dimension which the present political logjam has taken in the state.
The groups, in a joint press conference in Lokoja on Monday, said that the trend, if not curtailed on time, would lead to anarchy.
They sued for peace, urging the three ethnic groups in the state to sheath their swords.
The spokesperson of the group, Joseph Suleiman, urged the judiciary to quickly move in and give judicial settlement to the issue at hand to forestall ethnic bloodbath.
The groups, while pleading for all the tribes in Kogi State to be patient with one another pending when the issue would be given a legal settlement, endorsed Yahaya Bello as the replacement for the late Abubakar Audu.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has adopted Yahaya Bello as its candidate in the December 5 supplementary election in Kogi State
Mr Bello replaces Abubakar Audu who died before the governorship election in Kogi State was concluded on November 21.
Bello was the first runner up in the primary election in which the late Audu emerged as candidate
The running mate to the late Audu, James Faleke, disagreed with the choice of the APC and threatened court action.
Mr Faleke had vowed to reclaim the mandate of the people of the state given freely to the APC during the election, insisting that he should take over as the governorship candidate of the party.
He had earlier on Monday chosen the son of late Audu, Mohammed Audu as his running mate, before the APC chose Mr Bello.
In Abuja, supporters of James Faleke and Yahaya Bello clashed at the party’s secretariat hours after Mr Faleke chose Audu’s son as his running mate.
The party’s National Working Committee members, reporters and visitors at the secretariat were held hostage by feuding youths.
Ahead of the general elections which was recently rescheduled, the project coordinator of Kogi Youth Arise Group ( KYAG), Yahaya Bello has called on youths to shun violence and rancor before, during and after the elections.
Mr Bello stated this as the All Progressive Congress (APC) launched the Kogi Youths Arise presidential election campaign for Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari and his running mate, Yemi Osinbajo.
The Kafas multi purpose hall in Lokoja, venue of the launch, was filled to capacity with youths and some party chieftains drawn from the 25 constituencies in the State.
Their mission was to appoint youths who will take the message of the presidential flag bearer of the APC to every nook and cranny of the State.
While inaugurating the group, the coordinator of the group said the unprecedented support given to APC presidential candidate would be fully justified.
He called on party loyalists to all arise through the use of their Permanent Voter Card (PVC), to influence the positive change needed in Nigeria.
The group was duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) with the agenda to make sure that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari wins election in Kogi State beyond 90 per cent.
The group has members across the 21 Local Governments in the State with the aim of canvassing support for Buhari.
Two suspects who specialize in illegal oil bunkering and oil pipeline vandalization along the Kaduna-Abuja axis have been arrested by troops from One Division of the Nigerian Army, internal security force.
The suspects were arrested at Sabon Gida village, Kaduna south local government area, about 6KM off old Kaduna-Abuja toll gate on the 21st of March, 2013.
Parading the suspects before journalists at One Division strike force base in Kaduna, Commander 41 Division engineers; Brigadier-Ggeneral Tagbo Ude, said the suspects; Usman Umar and Aliyu Musa were caught while pumping diesel from an oil pipeline in into four stationed tankers.
He said the troop seized the four petrol tankers with two of them already loaded with 12,300 litres and 39,500 litres of diesel respectively.
He added that the remaining suspects still at large took to their heels during the raid.
Other items discovered by the troop include three generators, one drilling machine, welding appliances and assorted tanker keys.
The suspects were later handed over to the Kaduna state command of the Nigeria Police Force for further investigation.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of criminal investigation, Yahaya Bello said the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.