Ahead of Saturday’s election in Kogi, masked security operatives stormed Suitorial Hotels in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, where Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde was lodged.
Seyi Makinde is the chairman of the PDP campaign council for the governorship election.
The governor’s spokesman, Taiwo Adisa said that Makinde and members of his campaign team were inside the hotel when masked security operatives attempted to force their way in.
He said they shot sporadically into the air which prompted the security team attached to the governor to act swiftly.
“Some of the hooded security operatives scaled the fence of the hotel and attempted to gain entrance into the main hotel”, Adisa quoted a witness as saying.
He also added that the hooded policemen came in about 100 vehicles.
Quoting another witness, he said: “They came fully armed and hooded. Some of them scaled the fence of the hotel and made to enter the hotel proper. But pandemonium ensued, as there was commotion between security operatives attached to the governor and the invaders.”
“However, some residents in the neighbourhood of the hotel soon mobilised and joined the governor’s security team to resist the invaders.”
Some staff of the hotel who spoke off record, confirmed that policemen came to the hotel.
They wanted to search the hotel but they were not allowed to do so because they could not provide any search warrant.
The hotel officials also said only 20 policemen came to the hotel and denied that there were gunshots.
“There was no shooting or any form of violence as claimed”, one of the officials said.
It was gathered that Seyi Makinde left the hotel shortly after.