Last week, Kogi’s deputy governor, Simon Achuba, accused Governor Yahya Bello, of sponsoring violence within the state. On his part, the governor had admitted that Achuba was being owed some allowances, but any salary. Impeachment proceedings have started against Achuba by the state House of Assembly. Governorship elections in the state are in a few months. There is a clear link between fiery pre-election rhetoric and the prospects for electoral violence. In terms of number of incidents, Kogi, which experienced significant violence during the General Elections, was the third highest in the country despite the fact that there was no gubernatorial race there. Bayelsa is next door to Rivers which had by far the highest number of incidents, as well as the highest body count. There is a high possibility of violence spilling over as the same groups can be incentivised by politicians to cross over. We urge all stakeholders to take note of this in the preparations towards and monitoring of the elections.