Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan, the Senator representing Kogi Central Senatorial District, has refused to accept Governor Yahaya Bello’s congratulatory message.
After the Appeal Court upheld her victory at the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, Bello sent a message congratulating Akpoti. He referred to her as his sister and emphasized the importance of accepting the court’s decision to maintain law and order in the state.
However, during an interview on Channels Television, Natasha accused the governor of attempting to harm her on multiple occasions. She argued that Bello does not understand the principles of democracy.
“I wish you hadn’t played the Governor’s message because I’m just seeing it now,” Natasha expressed on Channels Television.
“He claims this is the beauty of politics, but it’s not. Endangering lives, damaging property, and obstructing the electoral process in order to secure a victory for your candidate is not the beauty of democracy.
“I heard gunshots, and his henchmen even shot at my vehicle. I have video evidence of this. They were wearing APC shirts, and one of them was Amoka, who was actually a Returning Officer. He led a group of ten men to shoot at me. I have videos capturing the incident.
“Furthermore, a day before the election, the governor dug five gullies, blocking five roads to prevent the election from taking place and potentially putting my life in danger.”