- The PDP in Edo state has refuted claims that it sponsored an attack on Mallam Gani Audu
- Audu is the running mate of the APC governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu
- The PDP said Audu's poor performance as a local government chairman is hunting him
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state, has refuted claims that an attack on Mallam Gani Audu, the running mate to the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, was sponsored by the party.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, July 15, the party's spokesman, Chris Nehikhare said the poor performance of Audu as a local government chairman is hunting him.
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His words: “It is an established fact that Audu performed abysmally as a local government chairman, among other allegations levelled against him by his kinsmen.
“The youth of Agbede must be commended for the courage they displayed in expressing their discontent over Audu’s failings.”
Meanwhile, the PDP has expressed excitement following the mass defection from the APC to its fold in Edo state.
Kola Ologbondiyan, the national publicity secretary of the PDP, in a statement on Monday, July 13, said the mass defection marked the end-of-the-road for both the ruling APC and its candidate, Ize-Iyamu.
Ologbondiyan went on to note that following the increasing popularity of Governor Godwin Obaseki and the PDP across the state, they have been receiving reports of a massive surge for PDP membership cards daily.
A man on Twitter corroborated Ologbodiyan's claim. He noted: "I am from Edo state. The total number of APC in Edo is less than 2000. It will interest you to know that the PDP no longer have membership cards to give to members who are trooping out of APC in Edo. Better days ahead as many will leave before 19th September."
Another Twitter user wrote: "Oshiomhole and his corrupt ACN brought Akpabio to APC, same people who are hellbent on handing over Edo state treasury to a renowned treasury looter, Pastor Ize-Iyamu."
A PDP supporter on Twitter also wrote: "We will resist all their plans to rig Edo election. All APC members are in Edo state now boast about federal might. It won't work."
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