By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City
Director-General of the Godwin Obaseki Campaign Organisation, Mr Osarodion Ogie, has raised an alarm over plans by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to create mayhem ahead of the September 28, 2016, governorship election. According to Ogie, “We have information on the plot by the PDP to acquire rickety vehicles in different parts of the state, brand them with PDP logo and posters and thereafter set them ablaze. They will then claim that supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were mobilised to attack them.
“The purpose of this evil plan is to portray the APC as a party which abhors opposition views and brand its supporters as violent, thereby causing public disaffection against the party and its candidate.
“We wish to inform the good people of Edo State that the All Progressives Congress has no plan to attack, vandalise or set ablaze any campaign vehicle of the opposition PDP because the APC is a peace-loving party.
“On the contrary, the PDP has a long history of attacking the opposition. We recall how the campaign train of the APC was attacked in Jattu and some vehicles were vandalised and some APC supporters injured and this was done under the direct supervision of the PDP candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“We also note how some thugs were deployed by the PDP to vandalise the campaign billboards and banners of the APC candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki in several parts of the state.
“The APC will only engage the PDP and its candidate on the basis of ideas and present our scorecard to the electorate on what we have done in almost 8 years and what they did not do in 10 years.
“The PDP has devised this devious plot only because they have seen the handwriting on the wall that their journey is heading for imminent doom.
“We wish to alert the security agencies of this latest plot by the PDP and ask that this is nipped in the bud as the PDP plans to use this as an excuse to attack APC supporters across the state.
“We urge APC supporters across the state to remain vigilant but non-violent and hand over anybody caught in this latest plot to the security agencies for prosecution.”