BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday took a critical look at Saturday’s flag-off campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benin, the Edo State capital, declaring that it definitely will not watch helplessly and allow the PDP and Governor Nyesom Wike turn Edo state into a killing field in their attempt to foist an unpopular candidate.
The APC said it cannot understand why the show of force needed on the citizens the same PDP governorship candidate wish to govern.
The APC particularly said that 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.
These were contained in a statement by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Yekini Nabena in which he also said that the PDP in Edo State is not campaigning for votes but relying more on brute force, violence and intimidation ahead of the governorship election.
Nabena further said; “The Governor of River State, Nyesom Wike promised on Saturday to “make sure that everything needed is done” to foist the PDP governorship candidate on the good people of Edo State.
“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.
“Wike is bent on importing to Edo State his Rivers State model of violence and intimidation. He will not succeed!”
The APC while strongly condemning the Saturday’s violence in Benin, called on security services to fish out the perpetrators and their sponsors.
The ruling party said that during the entire Edo State governorship electioneering process, it will stand with the good people of the state in rejecting all forms of political violence as was unleashed on Saturday by the so called “Obaseki Boys” and PDP supporters on hapless victims.
The Party reiterated its stand that the people’s will and votes will determine the Edo State governorship election and not voter intimidation and election violence.