- The chairman of the Edo state chapter of the party, Dr Tony Aziegbemi, has not resigned from his position
- The PDP says rumours of Aziegbemi's resignation is fake news and a hoax
- Spokesman of the party in Edo state, Chris Nehikhare said the news was planted by the APC
The state publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state, Chris Osa Nehikhare, has stated that the rumoured resignation of the chairman of the Edo state chapter of the party, Dr Tony Aziegbemi, is fake news and a hoax.
Nehikhare, who said this while speaking to journalists in Benin city, the Edo state capital on Friday, September 10 described the rumour as the fabrication of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said the move is “their last-minute and desperate efforts to save an unpopular candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, from quitting the gubernatorial race which the party is set to lose.”
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“With just a week to the September 19 election, and worried by the lack of acceptance of its candidate, the APC has resorted to desperate and unconventional campaign tactics; fake news, deceit and falsehood, to attempt to sway Edo voters,” he said.
“Edo people should ignore the shenanigans of the APC and come out en masse to reelect the PDP candidate on election day,” he added.
Recall that the PDP in Edo had on Monday, September 7 accused the 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.
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.
Osagie, also called on security agencies in the country to invite businessman, Captain Hosa Okunbo over the comment he made concerning the forthcoming Edo governorship election.
According to him, “Okunbo threatened in a widely published newspaper interview he granted journalists in Abuja, that if his 3,000 militants in the Niger Delta region get the nod from him, they would overrun Benin city.”
Osagie alleged that Okunbo is one of the financial sponsors of Pastor Ize-Iyamu.
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