The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday alleged that the All Progressive Congress (APC) intend to cause mayhem as Kano State Governor, Abdullah Ganduje will chair the Edo State governorship election.
Brandnewsday reports that APC has appointed a 49-member National Campaign Council for the Edo State governorship election using Ganduje, the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to lead the election.
Senator Uzodinma was appointed Deputy Chairman and Abbas Braimoh as the Secretary.
Reacting to this development, PDP has dragged the ruling APC to have chosen Ganduje, Uzodinma and Bello to derail the September 19 Edo State governorship election.
A statement by PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said the party and, indeed, the people of Edo State were already aware that the three governors were selected by the APC to lead its campaign so as to force a combined formula of Kano and Kogi electoral violence, as well as Imo State mandate robbery to subvert the will of the people of Edo State in the election.
The PDP said it was pathetic that APC only had a person who suffered international shame after being seen in a viral video stuffing his robe with gratification, in foreign currency, to serve as chairman of its Edo State governorship campaign council.
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Ologbodiyan said: “It is equally contemptuous that such a person is being deputized by another individual, who has become a metaphor of electoral manipulation, after being so docketed by a judgment of the Supreme Court.
“It is also disgusting that a governor who deployed a Police helicopter to scare voters on Election Day has been mandated to deploy thugs and dangerous weapons through the northern borderlines of Edo State ahead of the election.
“Part of APC’s plot is to import election mercenaries as observers to attempt to scare the people of Edo state, suppress them and steal their mandate,” the PDP spokesperson stated.
According to PDP, “Whereas our candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, enjoys the overwhelming support of Edo people due to his enthusing track record of personal character and performance in office for which even APC leaders have praises for him, the APC candidate has nothing to present to the people.
“Our party, in the strongest terms, cautions the APC to note that the ‘Gandollar, Supreme Court Governor and helicopter shooting’ formulas cannot work in this election as the people of Edo State have never been intimidated, suppressed, subjugated or overpowered by external political influences.”
PDP said that the APC should also note that the people of Edo State would spare nothing within the law in firmly resisting any attempt by anybody to import violence or try to manipulate the Edo election in any way.