Edo Guber: PDP, Wike Planning Violence – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of plotting to unleash violence in the lead up to the September 19 Governorship Election.

APC stated this in a statement issued on Sunday by its acting Spokesman, Yekini Nabena.

The party was reacting to the reported violence that erupted on Saturday in Benin City, the state capital, during Governor Godwin Obaseki’s campaign under the platform of the PDP

Nabena said “The disturbing images and reports of the destruction of property and violence meted on hapless victims during Saturday’s campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Edo State governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki in Benin City, the state capital is a glimpse into the “do or die” plot the PDP plans to unleash in the lead up to the September 19 Governorship Election.

“To imagine that the PDP chose to desecrate the Palace of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II is despicable, unheard of and a new low even by PDP’s ignoble standards.

“Why is a show of force needed on citizens you wish to govern?”

He maintained that the PDP in the state is not “campaigning for votes but relying on brute force, violence and intimidation ahead of the governorship election.”

The APC spokesman also alleged that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State had also vowed to “make sure that everything needed is done” to “foist the PDP governorship candidate on the state.”

“Wike is bent on importing to Edo State his Rivers State model of violence and intimidation. He will not succeed! We definately will not watch helplessly and allow the PDP and Wike turn Edo state into a killing field in their attempt to foist an unpopular candidate,” Nabena said.

Furthermore, the APC condemned the violence and called on security services to fish out the perpetrators and their sponsors.

It noted also that it stood with the people of the state in rejecting all forms of political violence as was unleashed on Saturday.

“The APC reiterates its stand that the people’s will and votes will determine the Edo State governorship election, not voter intimidation and election violence.”

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