- Governor Godwin Obaseki has raised the alarm that there are plans to arrest his supporters
- The governor said police from Abuja are already in the state and have been paid to arrest PDP supporters
- Governor Obaseki stated that the move is aimed at intimidating his supporters to ensure they stay off the polling booth
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Edo governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has accused the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of planning violence and importing arms to intimidate and harass his supporters ahead of the September 19 governorship election.
The governor made the comment while receiving Muslim leaders at Government House, in Benin city on Friday, July 31, who came to pay Sallah homage to him.
He also expressed his readiness to stand with the people, defend their interests and develop the state.
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His words: “I am not afraid of any man but God. I know the gang up is to provoke me and my supporters, but we will not fall for their tricks as God will help us.
“As I speak to you now, you can't imagine that police from Abuja are already in the state and have been paid to arrest our supporters.
“They have been paid by a billionaire to arrest Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters in the state. This billionaire sponsored the attacks on me and other PDP governors at the palace. This is to tell you the level of corruption and impunity we face.”
He added: “They are planning violence, bringing arms, intimidating our supporters as part of their strategy. They know that if we have a free and fair election, they stand no chance. Their strategy is to continue with their propaganda and lies.
“They know they don't have a record of performance; their plan is just to intimidate our supporters and ensure they stay off the polling booth.
“They attacked my supporters and wanted me to react to the attacks. I will not attack them back because as the Chief Security Officer of the state, my responsibility is to maintain peace. We would continue to do that at all costs.”
Governor Obaseki assured Edo people that the developmental strides in the state had just begun as the first four years of his administration were used in laying the foundation which will be built on in the following four years.
The Chief Imam of Benin Central Mosque, Alhaji Fatai Enabulele, who led leaders of the Islamic community drawn from different parts of the state to pay Sallah homage to the governor, said Muslims in the state are proud of Governor Obaseki for the developmental strides recorded in the state.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Obaseki/Shaibu Movement (OSM) has described the purported resignation of Patrick Okoudoh Iyoha, as the state director-general of the group, as false.
According to the group, the move is baseless and a ploy to fraudulently obtain money from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The group stated that Ize-Iyamu is known for giving out funds to decampees to score worthless political points, hence the rush of some individuals to the APC.
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