… Says, it was a political mutiny
BY GRACE ANYANWU, ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday said that Saturday’s invasion of the Oba of Benin’s Palace gate by armed youths of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was a well-coordinated assault by the leadership and sponsors of Edo APC to eliminate the National leadership of the PDP and all democratically elected Governors of PDP that were expected to be with Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Then party said that the action was aimed at throwing the country into crisis and therefore called for a probe of the security breach and the arrest of all those connected with it in accordance with the laws.
These were contained in a statement by the National Vice chairman South-south and Chairman of Edo 2020 Campaign Council, Chief Dan Osi Orbih in which he also said that the APC organised attack at the Palace was a political mutiny against constituted authority capable of causing interstate conflict and war between Edo state and the affected states of the Governors that were marked down for elimination.
Orbih further said; “There have been several videos in the cyberspace where these thugs have been instructed, directed and motivated to intimidate and cause chaos and mayhem in the state.
“The security agencies must swing into action to bring all those connected with the incident to book.
“Choosing the Palace to unleash their evil plans is an abomination and a total disrespect to our Royal majesty and highly respected traditional institution.
“We condemn the attack and wanton destruction of PDP members’ vehicles and property by these hooligans in broad day light in the vicinity of the Palace of our revered Oba.
“I commend the leaders and members of EDO State PDP and supporters for their maturity yesterday, who restrained themselves from retaliation in the face of unwarranted attacks and hostilities.
“I want to assure them that the party will not fold its hands and watch members attacked and killed because of their support for Governor Godwin Obaseki,” Orbih said.
The PDP National Vice Chairman South-south said that the party’s leaders visit was officially communicated to the Palace and the various security agencies that the visit would include the party’s National Chairman, members of the National Working Committee, Governors of Rivers, Sokoto, Delta and the host Governor Obaseki.
He said; “I want to place it on record that there was no official APC event in the Palace or anywhere in Benin that was so communicated in accordance with INEC guidelines.
“There was no official communication to the security agencies and the palace that APC was also going to have event at the palace”.