The All Progressive Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party are bickering over a viral video showing the wife of Edo State Deputy Governor, Mary-Ann Shaibu threatening to flog any woman she sees associating with a group, which is suspected to be an affiliate of the main opposition party, APC, in Edo.
The APC says the action violates the rights of Edo people which grants them freedom to associate with anyone within the ambits of the law and the recent peace deal convoked by the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, the APC Media Campaign Council has said.
According to a statement signed by the Chairman of the media campaign council, John Mayaki, while explaining the viral video showing the wife of the Deputy Governor, who was seen gesticulating wildly and requesting the picture of every woman attending the meeting she was addressing be captured, vowing afterwards that anyone of them found identifying with another group would be flogged with the cane.
Mayaki said, “The sense of urgency and desperation in the tone of Mrs Shaibu, who has been making frantic but futile moves to boost the chances of the temporary ruling party, PDP, in Edo North, through a series of meeting with women at different parts of the region, is no doubt as a result of the chill wind reaching her.
However, in his reaction, Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Musa Ebomiana rubbished the video also described what was circulated as computer simulation.
He said: “She never did that. If we talk about those who violated the peace pact it is the APC. Before we left the Oba’s palace, they circulated a video that the Oba was insulting the deputy Governor. Oba will not do that. We don’t want to join issues with them because we won’t give in for cheap blackmail.
“The Oba merely said joking, I call you my son, can I still call you my son. Do you think the Oba will insult the Deputy Governor? They have resorted to blackmail because they know they have lost the election. The PDP has won the election in the spiritual realm and it will come to past on September 19,” he added.