Kogi Governorship candidate arrested, prevented from voting – Aide

By Samuel Ogunsona

The Kogi gubernatorial candidate, Olayinka Braimoh,
under the umbrella of Action Alliance (AA), has been arrested.

In a statement by his media aide, Musa Yakubu, who had earlier raised alarm over the candidate whereabouts confirmed to Irohinoodua in a statement that his principal was arrested in Kabba,the anicient provincial capital, by security operatives.

Musa revealed that the candidate was arrested after some campaign materials were allegedly found in his car.

He said, “The last time I heard from him was in the morning when he called from Kabba town, but all attempts to get through to him since that time proved abortive,”

“His mobile lines have been switched off, including his entourage.”

Braimoh spoke on his on arrest and detention on Saturday, which he claimed it had prevented him from exercising his franchise.

He said, “I have been kept in custody for almost the whole day today. I was coming in from Lokoja early hours of today and we got stuck in the traffic at Kabba junction after Obajana.

“There were several hundreds of trucks on the road, so we could not manoeuvre our way to come out of that place fast. Eventually, we were able to come out of there. So we got to the first checkpoint around Okeboko, our vehicle was searched, nothing was found.

We were not carrying cash.

“After that, we were released to go and the next thing we saw was this bus overtook us and went ahead to wait at the next checkpoint. EFCC operatives came out from the bus with some policemen and the next thing was they searched again and they saw the leftover of our flyers in the trunk of the trucks.

“The next thing was they said we were carrying ballot papers. That was ridiculous because it is clearly stated here that this is a ballot paper sample. They took us to the area command and we were all locked up. Both the police and every personnel, they pushed us inside the cell and locked us up inside the cell.

“They collected our phones and kept us incommunicado for most of today. so I don’t have any information, as I speak to you, regarding the election today until I get the feedback because my phones were collected and my batteries went flat. So, I will need to get an update before I can make any comment about the election.”

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