Edo election: Suspected thugs seen taking down state assembly's roof, mace

Edo election: Suspected thugs seen taking down state assembly's roof, mace

- Political tension has gripped Edo as the state guber election draws closer

- Suspected thugs invaded the state assembly following the removal of deputy speaker Yekini Idiaye

- The men were seen removing the roof and taking down the mace despite earlier security presence

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The political drama in Edo state has taken a downward alley as men suspected to be hoodlums were seen removing the roofs of the state House of Assembly and taking down the mace.

It would be recalled that in the early hours of Thursday, August 6, dozens of the security officials stormed the assembly complex led by a deputy commissioner of police (operations) Ayoola Ajala.

The development boiled down to the impeachment of the deputy speaker of the state, Yekini Idiaye, on Wednesday, August 5.

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The lawmaker stepped on the wrong toe after declaring his support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

As the development aggravates amid political tension preluding the governorship election in the state, some men were caught on camera taking down the roof of the assembly and pulling down the iconic mace figure as shown in a video shared by Channels TV.

Loyalists to Godwin Obaseki and APC lawmakers working against the reelection of the governor are currently said to be clashing inside the complex.

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Governor Obaseki had earlier threatened to unleash violence in full force should the ruling party APC take to the rampage path.

The governor made this vow while addressing pressmen as the gubernatorial election in the south-south state draws closer.

Edo election has been scheduled for September with both APC and PDP highlighting the guber race in a fierce feud that has put both parties at public loggerhead.

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Speaking about possible machinations of violence, Governor Obaseki said he would not hesitate to deploy violence because "there is no monopoly of it."

"Nobody has a monopoly of violence, if they want violence we will show them violence. If I see anybody smashing any car because my stickers or poster is there, let me know.

"And we will show them that we are in government. And I am governor, Philip (Shaibu) is deputy We are the only two people who have immunity in this state today. And I am saying it in a very clear warning," Obaseki said.

Obaseki dumped his membership of the APC on Tuesday, June 16, after he was screened out of the ruling party's primary over an alleged defective certificate.

His resignation climaxed the feud between him and his former political godfather, Adams Oshiomhole.

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