- The struggle for the heart of Edo state has intensified among political players
- Governor Godwin Obaseki has raised an alarm that politicians are stockpiling arms and thugs
- Obaseki, however, said his government will go after desperate politicians trying to upset the wish of the people in the coming election
As intrigues continue to play out in the politics of Edo, Governor Godwin Obaseki has raised a fresh alarm, saying politicians have been importing thugs and arms ahead of the state 2020 guber poll.
Obaseki rang the alarm bell in a statement issued on Thursday, June 11, through his media adviser Cruise Osagie.
Legit.ng notes that the governor faces a tricky hurdle in his bid to govern the state on another four-year term following a political feud between him and his predecessor and former godfather, Adams Oshiomhole.
Speaking through his media aide, Obaseki said he has received intelligence reports that some desperate politicians are stockpiling thugs and weapons into the state.
“The Edo State Government has received intelligence reports that some unscrupulous politicians are mobilising hoodlums from neighbouring states to come into Edo through the riverine communities and other land borders, to cause mayhem,” Obaseki said.
“We want to put the public on alert and warn them to be wary of strange faces and movements in their neighbourhoods.
"Once such suspicious persons are identified, members of the public are advised to alert security agencies and the government so that appropriate action will be taken."
Obaseki, however, vowed that no stone will be left untouched as his government will go after those accumulating arms and inviting thugs.
INEC, Nigeria's electoral commission, has scheduled September 2020 for the governorship election in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) screening committee for Edo state governorship election has summoned all the aspirants, who were screened earlier this week to appear before it at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
A member of the committee told ThisDay that a text message had been sent to all the aspirants informing them to report at the party secretariat for the sitting of the appeal committee, slated to begin at 10 am.
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