- The APC has been accused of stirring controversy days before the Edo governorship election
- Curso Osagie, the media aide to Governor Godwin Obaseki, says the plan is geared towards postponing the election
- The governor's aide alleged that APC leaders are agitated because they are not ready for the election
A media aide to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Crusoe Osagie, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is stirring controversy so that the authorities will shift the forthcoming September 19 gubernatorial election.
Osagie made the allegation in a statement he issued in Benin city on Sunday, September 6 and sent to Legit.ng.
According to him, “Edo state is peaceful, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is committed to enduring peace before, during and after the poll.”
He added that: “APC leaders and gubernatorial candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu are agitated because they are not ready for the election. They are convinced that they do not stand any chance in the forthcoming election.
“They are behaving like some unserious and misguided university students who do not read, and when faced with examinations, they engage in anti-cult fights few weeks to the examination, so that the school authority will shift the examination.”
Osagie had earlier has said that the candidate of the APC, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has demonstrated that he does not have the right temperament to govern the state.
The governor's aide said this in a statement issued in Benin city, the state capital and sent to journalists on Friday night, September 4.
Part of the statement read: “The APC candidate displayed a high level of arrogance when he refused to debate with the Edo state deputy governor, Rt Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, who was asked to stand in for Governor Godwin Obaseki, during the BBC Pidgin English Debate programme broadcast on Friday night.”
Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki has urged eligible voters in Edo state to come out en masse on Saturday, September 19 and vote for the PDP to enable him consolidate on his achievements in the first term.
The governor also assured residents in Edo state that the electioneering process will be violence-free and without intimidation.
Addressing party faithful during his reelection campaign rally in Urhonigbe wards 7 and 8, Orhionmwon local government area, Obaseki charged the electorate to turn out without fear of intimidation or harassment to vote and stay back to defend their votes.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the PDP Youth Assurance Movement recently alleged that the APC is fine-tuning strategies to rig the poll, while Governor Obaseki, the PDP candidate is coasting to victory on the back of huge grassroots' support.
Coordinator of the group, Prince Asunogie Tajudeen, made the comments during a press briefing in Benin city, the Edo state capital on Friday, August 28.
Tajudeen urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to remain above board, stressing that “millions of Nigerians, home and abroad, are closely monitoring the events leading to the poll.”
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