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Edo: Order Security Agencies to Provide Security, PDP Tells Buhari

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The Peoples Democratic Party has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct security agencies to provide full security for Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State rather than postpone the exercise.

The Eagle Online reports that the advice is contained in a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, on Wednesday in Abuja.

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Adeyeye said PDP’s attention had been drawn to a “shocking breaking news” of the advice by the Police and the Department of State Services to the Independent National Electoral Commission to postpone the election.

The Police and the DSS had earlier on Wednesday urged INEC to postpone the Edo State election scheduled for Saturday, citing security threat.

Police spokesman, Don Awunah, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, made the call at a joint news conference with his counterpart of the DSS, Garba Abdullahi, in Abuja.

Awunah said credible intelligence available to the agencies indicated plans by insurgent and extremist elements to attack vulnerable communities and soft targets in the country.

Awunah said Edo was among the states being earmarked for the planned attacks by the extremists between September 12 and 13.

He said while election was important, security agencies could not allow the peace of the country to be disrupted.

Adeyeye, however, said the PDP was taken aback on the security advice coming a day after Buhari was present at the “mega rally of the All progressives Congress in Benin”.

According to him, the APC mega rally was concluded without any hitch.

Adeyeye noted: “It is on record that INEC recently conducted a ‘hitch free’ senatorial bye-election in Borno which is a high-point of insurgency in the country but the security agencies saw no reason to call off the election.

“It is therefore lamentable to hear from these same security agencies that the election cannot hold in a state where the president and all the APC leaders and members had an uninterrupted rally.

“We are calling on the president to caution the security agencies and direct them to provide full security and also to desist from doing anything that will jeopardize this forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo.

“We are equally counting on INEC not to succumb to this false alarm by acting independently and holding election as scheduled.”

Adeyeye added that the PDP hoped that the advice from the security agencies was not in concert with the APC “having seen the indices of losing the state election to the PDP”.

He also said: “Finally, the PDP leadership led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, calls on our members, teeming supporters, other Edo voters and the international community to remain law-abiding.”

Meanwhile the APC Deputy National Chairman (South), Segun Oni, has said the party would wait for INEC decision on the call for postponement of the election before making any pronouncement.

Oni stated: “When INEC talks, then we will react.
“INEC is the final authority on this matter.
“It is like an exam where a student cannot decide what he will score; so let us be patient.”

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