Youth leaders drag Buhari into Bello, Akpoti-Uduaghan feud
Call for ceasefire on attacks
Nigeria Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders Council (NENYLC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the rift between the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate for Kogi Central, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan.
At a world press conference, yesterday, in Abuja, NENYLC President, Terry Obeih, cautioned that persistence of the rift would make the atmosphere unsafe for women participation in politics and governance.
“The ongoing feud, if not curtailed, is capable of causing breach of peace and disruption of law and order in Kogi, considering the fragile peace and security warning ahead of the 2023 elections,” he said.
Obeih urged both parties to develop a cordial relationship, having come from the same senatorial district, for development of the constituency, state and country at large.
Calling on relevant stakeholders in the state to resolve the quarrel, he regretted that media maligning-cum aggressive vilifications and intimidation between both parties was causing hydra-headed tension and fear in Kogi.
He said: “We, the Nigerian ethnic nationalities youth leaders, call for calm between Bello and Akpoti-Uduaghan, plead with Buhari to intervene.
“To all right-thinking members of the society, we see this as symptom of political attrition and vendetta against each other, but we are quick to draw a line of caution that Akpoti-Uduaghan is a woman and needed to be treated with care and understanding. Most importantly, our women needed to be encouraged, rather than discouraged, as we need to thread cautiously towards the 2023 general elections.”
According to them, the two contending forces are both youths within our context.
“As a matter of promotion of democracy and inclusion of women and youths in politics and governance, we call on Bello to reconsider his stance on this feud as a leader and lover of democracy in the state.
“Relevant stakeholders in the state should also play a role in resolving this situation. Partisanship shouldn’t bring political divide, but exchange of views and ideas for the common development of the people,” the youths added.
They demanded ceasefire on all forms of attack from the two political gladiators.