By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
The Forum for Progressive Governance and Accountability, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow merchants of evil take up arms against a legitimately elected Government in Edo State.
It also condemned in strong terms, invasion of the Assembly Complex in Benin City by police operatives acting on behest of the orders of leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State.
Secretary of the Edo-based political pressure group, Ohunyon Festus Egbenososa, in a statement, said the invasion was an attempt by the party to takeover government through the back door, urging the leadership of the party in the State to wait till September 19, 2020 to test the popularity of its Candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu at the poll.
The forum noted: “September 19, 2020, the day set aside by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for Edo people to choose who governs them in the next four is just six weeks, two days away from today, Thursday, August 06, 2020.
According to the group, “The invasion of the Assembly Complex at Ring Road, Benin City, by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad on the orders of leaders of the APC is only an affirmation that the party and its candidate cannot win the governorship election in a fair contest and have resorted to illegal and violent means to topple the legislature and cause crisis in Edo State.”
Egbenososa continued: “This despicable act is not only condemnable but an assault on the sensitivity of Edo people. The APC must wait for September 19, 2020 to test the popularity of their Machiavellian candidate, who Edo people have always rejected and will continue to reject.
“The issues have become clearer; the governor is being fought by enemies of the state because he refused to share the patrimony and resources of Edo State amongst a predatory group of godfathers and political thugs. Politics should be about people, not self; Edo people will not relent in resisting the antics of selfish politicians who are hellbent on further plundering the fortunes of the state.”
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and heads of other security agencies to rein in Comr. Adams Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu and the APC in Edo State to avert this rape of democracy and heinous ploy to subvert the will of the majority of Edo people”, the group added.
Similarly, a Coalition of Community-Based Organizations (CBO’s) has condemned attempts by armed policemen to takeover the Edo State Assembly declaring that the action is an “attempt to subvert democratic institutions in Edo”.
Leader of the group, Mr. Andrew Adaze Emwanta who disclosed this in Benin City cautioned the police and other security agencies “not to allow themselves to be used by anti-democratic forces to create anarchy in Edo State”.
Emwanta specifically accused Mr. Hope Uzodima, the Imo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for the September poll of allegedly importing thugs from Imo State to cause crisis in Edo.
He urged president Buhari to “prevail on Uzodima to immediately desist from his meddlesome incursions in the sovereign affairs of Edo State.