The APC and PDP in Edo continue their allegations and counter allegations Saturday as they accused each other of importing armed thugs ahead the September 19 governship election in the state.
While the PDP raised alarm over suspicious movement of persons allegedly from Lagos and other parts of the country into the state, the APC accused PDP and Obaseki of “mass infiltration of thugs and militants” whom the party alleged have been lodged in hotels within the state and border towns.
A statement from PDP publicity secretary in the state, Chris Nehikhare, on the alleged importation reads, “We have just been alerted that ten hummer buses left Ojo Military Cantonment in Lagos for Auchi, Edo State this morning. This is one out of over ten such calls we have received in the last 48 hours.”
“We have just been alerted that ten hummer buses left Ojo Military Cantonment in Lagos for Auchi, Edo State this morning. This is one out of over ten such calls we have received in the last 48 hours,” Nehikhare said.
He urged the various security agencies in the country “to pay more than the usual attention to these movements in order to ensure that Edo voters are insulated from harm before, during and after the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.”
Meanwhile, in a counter allegation, Mr. John Mayaki, Chairman, Edo APC Media Campaign Council, accused the PDP of “several security breaches in the state in the build-up to the September 19 elections in the state.”
“Youths in Edo have informed us of the mass concentration of arms currently stored all over the state for the elections. We also have reports of mass infiltration of thugs and PDP militants who have been lodged in hotels within the state and border towns. Fake personnel in security uniforms have also been spotted all over Edo State, some of them in bars and joints,” he said.
Mayaki further alleged that the governor runs a strike force called the WABIZGAN and that this force will be deployed to undermine the free and fair conduct of elections in Edo State, while the governor has already secured access to some of the voting materials.
He challenged the governor and the PDP to “give Nigerians the assurance that Edo State will not degenerate into a full blown crisis-riddled polity by answering to the following reports that we have received concerning the elections.”