BY VICTOR BUORO – The All Progressives Congress (APC), has applauded Edo residents for their peaceful conduct, massive support and turnout during its campaigns across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.

Director General of Edo APC Campaign Council, Major General Cecil Esekhaigbe (rtd) said given clear positive signals and events during the campaigns, the APC is looking forward to a peaceful and credible election in the state come Saturday, September 19, 2020

Speaking at a news conference in Benin, the Edo state capital on Thursday, General Esekhaigbe said; “Today we thank Edo people for their faith in the APC which they demonstrated throughout the campaign through their massive turnout across the state.

“As the campaigns end today, we are confident of victory because we have made it clear that we do not believe in sloganeering.

“We took to Edo people what we have in stock for them and they have taken it by pledging to vote massively for APC come Sept. 19,” he said.

The Campaign Council Chief also lauded security agencies for doing a great job of ensuring that there was peace largely during the campaigns despite pockets of violence witnessed in some areas.

Esekhaigbe said the party was aware of plans by some unscrupulous elements to cause mayhem during the election, noting that security personnel on ground have demonstrated their readiness and resolve to ensure law and order throughout the exercise.

According to him, APC would however “resist any move by highly placed politicians who are relocating to the state to cause mayhem.

“Those who believe in thuggery must know that there are consequences for their actions.

“Security agencies have expressed it clearly that they will not tolerate any act of thuggery and violence.”

Debunking claims of outside sponsorship, General Esekhaigbe said the APC is not relying on anyone to provide financial support to enable the party to win the election, adding; “We look forward to a peaceful and credible election in the state.”

He assured that APC is committed to maintaining peace irrespective of the outcome of the election. – With NAN reports

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