The All Progressive Congress (APC) on Sunday condemned the Saturday’s violence at the People Democratic Party’s (PDP) Edo state governorship campaign.
Western Post on Saturday reported of gunshots heard near the palace of Oba of Benin just as the PDP’s governorship candidate in the September election, Governor Godwin Obaseki was launching his campaign.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary, APC, Yekini Nabena in a signed statement said, “ The disturbing images and reports of the destruction of property and violence meted on hapless victims during Saturday’s campaign of the 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?”
According to his statement, the PDP in Edo State is not campaigning for votes but relying on brute force, violence and intimidation ahead of the governorship election.
The statement explained that 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.
“Wike is bent on importing to Edo State his Rivers State model of violence and intimidation. He will not succeed! We definitely 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,” he said.
He added that the ruling party strongly condemns the violence and calls on security services to fish out the perpetrators and their sponsors.
“During the entire Edo State governorship electioneering process, we 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 APC reiterates its stand that the people’s will and votes will determine the Edo State governorship election, not voter intimidation and election violence,” the statement added.