Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

By Jethro Ibileke

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC), of working towards the postponement of the September 19 gubernatorial election in the state.

He made the allegation on Sunday at an interactive session with journalists.

Obaseki who is candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, alleged that the opposition party in the state did this by putting fear in the minds of the electorate, to prevent them from exercising their franchise.

He further accused them of perpetrating “violence and create the impression that Edo State is not safe, such that the federal government could declare a state-of-emergency and postpone the election.”

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According to him, “When they [opposition party] come out, they behave so lawlessly as if there is no law.

“The opposition party today understands how difficult it is for them to win election. Rather than trying to persuade people, they engage in all kinds of vicious propaganda.

“They want to cause violence and anarchy so that the election will be postponed. We appeal to opposition party to allow peace reign in the land.

“We are in government. If they want to come in, they should do what the people want,” he said.

The governor, however, said that he “will continue to appeal to the federal government,” adding “we do not have the police and army.”

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When contacted for reaction, the Deputy Chairman of APC National Campaign Council, Patrick Obahiagbon, said he was at campaign rally and so could not react.

Effort to reach the chairman of Edo APC Media Campaign Council, John Mayaki, also failed, as his phone numbers were all switched off.