The Edo State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that the State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his Delta State counterpart, Ifeanyi Okowa, are planning to disrupt the September 19 governorship election in the state.
The party noted that the APC’s accusations were only meant to induce voter apathy.
Addressing journalists at the Party’s Secretariat in Benin-City, the state capital,on Friday APC Chairman, David Imuse, said the two governors are coordinating a build-up of firearms and other dangerous weapons, which will be used to cause violence and subvert the electoral process in the state.
Imuse said the PDP-led administration is coordinating the plot with support from other PDP Governors in the country’s South-South region.
It would be recalled that tensions have continued to rise in the state as the elections draw near.
The PDP has previously accused the APC of promoting violence during the campaign.
The full text of Imuse’s address
“In the past days, we have seen and experienced a buildup of firearms and violence in Edo State by the outgoing Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, who no longer needs a diviner to tell him that he has been rejected by the people.
“Despite persistent warnings and alarms, Governor Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu of the PDP have remained adamant, persistent on their wicked intent to unleash mayhem on Edo state in order to subvert the election and scare away voters who have expressed their resolve to reject the incompetent Governor and usher in a new lease of life with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC.
“Although the outgoing and embattled Governor Obaseki leads the way in his criminal and condemnable plot to mar the September 19 elections, recent facts have confirmed that he is not alone, but rather enjoying the support of some PDP Governors in an evil partnership premised on a shared debased character of criminality, electoral violence and mockery of the law.
“Governor Obaseki is in chohorts with the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, with both characters forming a combo that is apparently, as the recent developments have shown, productive in the industry of violence. This time their evil proficiencies are focused on setting Edo state ablaze.”