By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday trade words over security threat ahead of the Local Government elected slated for March 3rd 2018.
Governor Obaseki reacted through his Special Adviser on Media and Communications Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie who accused the PDP of allegedly hiring of militants from neighboring Niger Delta states to instill fear in the electorates and stop them from exercising their franchise during the elections across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.
The governor’s aide, in a statement he made available to newsmen, explained that “the PDP is scared of the failure that awaits the party at the polling booths and is inventing devilish means to disrupt the process”.
He called on Edo people to be calm and go about their lawful businesses, stating that the various security agencies in the state had been briefed and respond appropriately on the alleged sinister motive of the main opposition party to scuttle the polls.
The governor’s aide said the state government will deploy a mix of overt and covert strategies to secure all parts of the state before, during and after the exercise.
He urged all political parties in the state to behave as good sportsmen and put forward their best feet for the political contest.
“The government said reports and several checks with the relevant security agencies in the state, confirmed that “the plot has been perfected to cause unprecedented mayhem and a general sense of insecurity in Edo State to disrupt the forthcoming Local Council polls.
“The recurring name in this irresponsible plot is the faint-hearted and dying Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), after failing abysmally to dissuade anyone at a press conference it organized recently in Benin City, where it threatened to go to court and restrain the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) from conducting the election”, the statement said.
Responding, the state Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chris Nehikhare, said APC was scared of its shadow and implored the security agencies to be wary of the APC-led state government diversionary tactics to gain sympathy and attention.