- A former Edo speaker, Kabiru Adjoto, has accused the APC of sponsoring an attack against some PDP members
- Adjoto claimed 13 of the party members were shot in a meeting in Ekpe community in Akoko-Edo local government area
- The APC through its campaign spokesman has, however, denied the allegation
A former speaker of the Edo state House of Assembly, Kabiru Adjoto, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and it governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, of masterminding the attack on some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Adjoto who is a PDP member said 13 of the party members were shot in a meeting in Ekpe community in Akoko-Edo local government area of the state at the weekend, ThisDay reports.
Adjoto made the allegation while addressing newsmen, claiming that three persons wearing fez caps adorning the photographs of Governor Godwin Obaseki were also shot by gunmen at Ososo community by alleged APC thugs.
He said all the injured are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
The former speaker, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to intervene and ensure that the perpetrators are apprehended and prosecuted.
However, the chairman of APC Media Campaign Council, John Mayaki, denied the allegation. According to him, if there was any attack in the area as alleged, it was planned and executed by the PDP.
Meanwhile, ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state, a survey conducted by YIAGA Africa and NOIPolls has indicated that voters and election officers are concerned about contracting COVID-19.
The survey also shows that voters are worried about electoral violence, intimidation and the credibility of the election.
According to the report, about 68% of respondents support the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to hold the election during the COVID-19 pandemic, while 42% were concerned that voters and election officials could contract the virus on election day.
In another report, the PDP has urged voters in Edo state to come out en masse on Saturday, September 19, and cast their ballots for the party’s candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The party advised its millions of supporters to disregard the alleged underhand tactics being deployed by the APC to discourage them from coming out to vote on election day.
Read more on the Edo election here.
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