- President Muhammadu Buhari has given his full approval to the APC guber candidate in Edo, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu
- However, President Buhari called on the ruling party to prevent the errors it made in states like Rivers, Bayelsa and Zamfara
- The president said that he wants nothing less than a free and fair election in the state
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the All Progressives Congress how to conduct itself in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo.
President during his reception of the APC governorship candidate in the state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu on Friday, August 8, said that he wants nothing short of a very transparent election, The Nation reports.
The Nigerian leader called on the ruling party to avoid the errors that made it lose states like Rivers, Zamfara and Bayelsa in the 2019 general elections.
He expressed optimism that with the resolution of the party's internal crisis, victory is sure in the governorship election.
In a statement through one of his media aides, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said: “What I want is a transparent process so that the confidence of the people will be strengthened.’’
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Obaseki had reassured that his administration remains committed to the protection of lives and property of citizens across all communities of the state.
The governor made the comment while reading the riot act to those planning acts of violence ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.
Obaseki, who spoke to journalists in Benin city, the state capital, warned those intent on disrupting public peace that he is determined in his resolve to carry out his primary responsibility of maintaining order and protecting lives and property as the chief security officer of the state.
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He said the state government will not spare any individual or group of persons caught sponsoring or perpetrating violence with the intent on creating a sense of tension and crisis in and around the state.
His words: “With heightened political activities, we are witnessing a very disturbing increase in the incidence of violence, vandalism and thuggery in the state. “
"Government will not stand idle and watch thugs overrun the state, cause chaos, and go scot-free, without consequences.”
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