- APC has raised alarm over alleged plots by Philip Shaibu to cause violence during Edo election
- APC campaign spokesperson, John Mayaki, said the Edo deputy governor is involved in arms dealing
- But in a reaction, Shaibu described the allegation levelled against him as false and febrile imagination of the ruling party
With less than nine days to the Edo governorship election, All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have heightened the verbal attacks against each other despite the recent peace meeting at the palace of Oba of Benin.
In what looked like another game of wits, APC through its campaign media spokesperson, John Mayaki, alleged that Edo deputy governor Philip Shaibu was involved in gunrunning.
Mayaki, while alerting the security operatives, said the deputy governor was fingered in the collection of arms in Akoko-Edo local government in connection with some PDP members.
He also alleged that thugs from Rivers, Delta and Kogi have been conveyed to Edo state to cause violence, intimidate voters and rig the election.
But in a swift reaction, Shaibu described the allegation from Osagie Ize-Iyamu's camp as false, saying it is APC showing desperation to win the election.
The deputy governor, who denied the gun-running link through a statement by his senior special assistant on media, Benjamin Atu, vowed that the state government under Godwin Obaseki will not allow APC to machinate violence against the will of the people.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that former chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, reacted to the allegation levelled against him by Maryann Shaibu, the wife of Shaibu.
The deputy governor's wife had alleged that Oshiomhole was behind an alleged threat to her life and family.
Mrs Shaibu in a petition through her solicitors, Idemudia Ilueminosen & co, to the Edo state commissioner of police, Johnson Kokumo, claimed Oshiomhole declared that he has sent some thugs to monitor her movements in Etsako West local government area so as to carry out the threat of dealing with her.
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