- The PDP in Edo has denied plotting to burn the INEC office in the state
- The allegation against the Peoples Democratic Party was earlier made by the All Progressives Congress
- Spokesman of the party, Chris Nehikhare said the state chapter of the PDP is prepared for the election and preparing for victory
The Edo Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign council has stated that the allegation that it plans to burn the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state ahead of the governorship election on Saturday, September 19 is false.
Spokesman of the campaign council, Chris Osa Nehikhare, in a statement on Tuesday, September 15, said the claim is a fabrication by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state.
Nehikhare further said, “the APC is made up of people with defeatist mindset, who are grasping at straws in the face of imminent defeat in the September 19 governorship election.”
He stated: “We are amused by APC's allegation of a plot to burn the INEC state office. The allegation is completely false and mischievous and should be totally disregarded.
“What should be troubling and of serious concern to Edo people, local and international observers in the election is the antics of the APC to accuse others of an action it intends to execute.
“There is a trail of this sort of accusation and we want the security agencies to take the accusation seriously as we are concerned that the APC might actually do what it has just accused others of.”
He noted that the state chapter of the PDP is prepared for the election and is coasting to victory come September 19, adding that “the people would finally lay to rest the carcass of godfatherism in the state.”
Legit.ng had reported that the INEC and the Nigeria Police Force held a meeting with stakeholders in Benin city on Monday, September 14, ahead of the Edo state governorship election.
The meeting is part of preparations towards the smooth conduct of the exercise on Saturday, September 19.
INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu were in attendance.
In a related development, a civil society group, No Sidon Look, at the weekend, held a voter education rally in Benin city, the Edo state capital, to sensitise the electorate on the need to turn out en masse on Saturday, September 19 to exercise their franchise.
The group specifically tasked the people of Edo to vote for a candidate with the pedigree and knowledge to sustain and improve on the present level of development in the state.
The group also reaffirmed its support for the re-election of Governor Obaseki, urging eligible voters in the state to vote for the PDP to enable the governor to continue with his numerous achievements in the last three years and nine months.
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