- The PDP says the APC in Edo state is plotting a state of emergency ahead of the governorship election
- According to the PDP, the APC is of Governor Godwin Obaseki's popularity in the state
- The party also accused the APC of not heeding the advice of the Oba of Benin for all parties to be peaceful
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo, on Monday, September 7 accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of contriving violence in some local government areas with the intention of compelling the authorities to declare a state of emergency in the state.
The PDP alleged that the ultimate plan of the APC was to trigger a controversy that will force the postponement of the forthcoming Edo governorship election.
Spokesman of the party in the state, Chris Nehikhare, made the accusation during a press conference in Benin city, on behalf of the PDP campaign council.
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According to him, the opposition party is afraid of Governor Godwin Obaseki and has “resorted to the irresponsible tactic to subvert the will of Edo people.”
He continued: “Knowing that they have lost the election, they are now looking for all ways and means to have the election postponed, have a state of emergency declared or not to have the election at all.
“APC is now contriving violence on its supporters and members. We condemn this irresponsible tactic where nothing would happen and APC would want to create or contrive violence in Edo state.”
Taking a swipe at the manifesto of the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the party said: “The Simple Agenda reminds me of the fake promises made by the APC government in 2015, promising to reduce fuel price and give every child a meal each day.”
A media aide to Governor Obaseki, Crusoe Osagie, had earlier accused the APC of 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.
Meanwhile, the founder of the Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church in Lagos, Primate Ayodele has prophesied that Governor Obaseki will floor his rivals in the Edo governorship election and retain his seat.
The cleric, however, cautioned the governor not to fold his arms and do nothing about security in the state, especially during the election.
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