There is serious tension in the state ahead of the adoption of a written address on Thursday, September 14, in a case file by the PDP governorship candidate in the 2023 election, David Umbugadu, challenging the re-election of Governor Sule.

The special adviser to Governor Abdullahi Sule on political matters, Kassim Muh’d Kassim in a statement on Wednesday, September 13, accused the PDP of planning to disrupt proceedings of the Tribunal so that it will be moved to Abuja.

He called on police and other security agencies to beep up enough security at the venue of the tribunal to maintain law and order during the sitting

The statement read: “Once again, my office has been alerted to alleged plans by some unscrupulous PDP members to cause mischief and disrupt the governorship election petition tribunal in Lafia”

“These individuals claim to be APC supporters and plan to organize crises in order to prevent the tribunal from hearing closing arguments by parties involved in the case”

“The aim of these planners, as ongoing information suggests, is to make it difficult for the tribunal to sit and hear the closing arguments of the counsels. It has been rumoured that these plans are being hatched in the house of a prominent PDP leader in the Ola Akwanga local government area”

“As a responsible government, we call on security agencies, including the police and civil defence, to take necessary steps to prevent any untoward events on Thursday, September 14th in Lafia”

“We also urge individuals who may be planning or supporting these acts to be aware that Nasarawa state is peaceful and united, and it will remain so even after these events”

“Their plot seems to be a result of their anticipation of losing and their lack of a viable explanation for their sponsors. Their intention is to see whether the tribunal holding in Lafia can be shifted to Abuja, for reasons known only to them.

“Therefore, I urge our supporters, citizens, and well-wishers of our party to be vigilant and promptly report to the authorities any persons who may be plotting to cause any mayhem.”

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