- The Edo government has been urged to do something about the insecurity challenges facing the state
- According to the PDP, there have been cases of clashes between cult groups in the state, leading to loss of lives
- The party asked the government to increase security budget in the state as a solution to the insecurity
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state has called on the state government to address insecurity in the state.
Chief Dan Orbih, the state chairman of the party, made the call on Thursday, February 21, in Benin at a media interactive session, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Orbih said that insecurity, occasioned by rampant clashes by suspected cultists in the state which led to several killings, needed urgent attention. He also called on the state government to boost the finance of the security architecture, to enhance their performance.
Orbih said: “A situation where security agencies are not well-financed does not augur well for security of lives and property in a state.’’
The state PDP chairman, who also commended members of the party for their support during campaign, urged them to go out on Saturday to exercise their civic responsibility by voting for the party’s candidates.
He noted that the issues in the elections were well-defined, adding that it was a matter of choosing “between development and poverty, between empowerment and unemployment."
Orbih stressed that it was in view of this that residents of Edo should not be deterred by the insecurity in the state and come out to vote while remaining vigilant.
He appealed to the public to put their disappointment of last Saturday, occasioned by the postponement of elections, behind.
Orbih, however, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free and fair election.
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The presidential and National Assembly Elections, which were previously scheduled for Saturday, February 16, were postponed to Saturday, February 23.
The electoral body also shifted the governorship and House of Assembly polls from Saturday, March 2 to Saturday, March 9, saying that the postponement was due to logistics and operational challenges.
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