- The feud between Governor Obaseki and his predecessor Adams Oshiomhole is causing ripples in Edo state
- The state government has asked that Oshiomhole be called to order as his ambition to remain in charge is not worth the lives of Edo people
- This was in reaction to report of a planned rally by a faction loyal to Oshiomhole which is holding on Saturday, February 1
- According to the Edo government, stiff penalties await any individual or group that organises unauthorized rallies
The presidency and the Inspector General of Police have been urged by the Edo state government to call Adams Oshiomhole to order.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday, January 31, by the special adviser, media and communication strategy to the Edo state government, Crusoe Osagie.
Osagie said the ambition of Oshiomhole who is the All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman to be the "ultimate godfather in Edo state" is not worth the lives of the people in Edo state.
The government warned against carrying out unauthorized rallies in the state, saying stiff penalties will be meted on any individual or group who flout the orders.
“It bears repeating that the Edo State Chapter of the APC has neither authorized nor organized any rally. The plans of the dissident Edo Peoples Movement (EPM) to again disrupt the peace in the state in Edo Central Senatorial District is unauthorized and goes against the directives of the Nigerian Police Force and the state government,” the statement read in part.
A faction of the APC loyal to Oshiomhole has scheduled a rally for Saturday, February 1 at Irrua, Esan Central local government to receive defectors.
The government warned those planning the rally to desist from causing crisis in the state as similar gatherings in the past had ended in chaos.
Osagie said the Obaseki-led administration would no longer tolerate the civil disturbances, disruption of peace, injuries on innocent citizens and destruction of property.
The government also called on its citizens those living in the state to be law-abiding and shun any action that would undermine public peace and safety.
Last week, a venue to be used for a political rally in Auchi, Estako West local government area by the APC national chairman was set ablaze by suspected thugs.
Despite the attack, the rally is still held. Those present took to social media to share videos and photos from the event.
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