The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in November 11 Kogi governorship election, Ahmed Ododo was on Saturday grilled by operatives of Department of State Services, DSS, over alleged petition against him.

The DSS had invited Ododo over the petition authored by some members of the opposition party in the state.

Abujapress reports that the development is said to be connected to the recent attack on the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship campaign secretariat and other alleged political violence in the state.

Recall that the SDP candidate in the November 11 governorship election, Murtala Ajaka, was a gubernatorial aspirant in APC before dumping the ruling party, where he was also a National Working Committee member, for the SDP.

He is said to be very popular among voters in Kogi East Senatorial District which boast of the highest population in the state.

Spokesperson to Kogi State Government, Kingsley Fanwo confirmed invitation of Ododo by the DSS in a post on his Facebook page on Saturday.

However, Fanwo, who accompanied the APC governorship candidate to the DSS office did not reveal the allegations in the petition.

But he said the allegations “are frivolous and unfounded” and that the APC governorship candidate honoured the invitation by DSS “to respect a constituted authority.”

He added that Ododo was drilled by a team of Operatives at the DSS for hours, “and he gave convincing explanations to the interrogators.”

He was thereafter allowed to go by the DSS operatives.

The statement reads : “The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Alh. Ahmed Usman Ododo, today, honoured the invitation of the DSS to answer questions regarding a petition against him by some members of the opposition.

He was invited by the DSS and as a law abiding citizen who is aspiring to lead the state, he honoured the invitation.

The allegations contained in the petition are frivolous and unfounded, but it was incumbent on the APC Governorship Candidate to respect a constituted authority such as the DSS.

Alh. Ododo was drilled by a team of Operatives at the DSS for hours and he gave convincing explanations to the interrogators.

We commend the professionalism of the DSS and pledge our cooperation to whatever measures taken or that would be taken to ensure a peaceful Kogi and a peaceful poll in November 2023.

We assure supporters of the APC GOVERNORSHIP candidate that he has since left the DSS Office to continue his consultations with Kogites ahead of the Guber poll. Our commitment to peace and tranquility is iron cast. Every Kogite and every supporter of Alh. Ahmed Usman Ododo should endeavour to be peaceful in all their activities towards the election.”



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