EDO PDP ALLEGES INTIMIDATION OF MEMBERS BY OSHIOMOLE

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The People’s Democratic Party. PDP, Edo State has alleged intimidation of their members by the State government. The party disclosed this on Sunday in a statement released by its publicity secretary, Chris Nehikhare. “It has come to our knowledge, the arrangement of the Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the deployment of police personnel attached to the Government House and other establishments of government in the harassment, intimidation and arrests of our party loyalists and supporters in the hope of breaking their resolve to lead the change of the oppressive ruling party on September 10.”
In view of the unconstitutionality of this wicked act, the PDP has instructed our members to resist henceforth all police arrests not backed by any relevant warrant of arrest. ” We want to again call on all lovers of peace and democracy to prevail on the governor and his party, the APC to tow the path of sportsmanship and decency in the contest for the office of the governor of Edo State which comes up in a few days.We call on the Nigerian Inspector-general of Police, the Assistant Inspector-general of Police in charge of Zone 5 to immediately intervene and find urgent ways to reverse this unholy and unwarranted harassments of PDP leaders.”This call is necessary because there is a limit to the patience of PDP members and we cannot guarantee their reaction if these unprovoked arrests by Governor Oshiomhole’s men continue unchecked. We want to state that we should not be blamed for the breakdown of peace that may result from this attempt to deny law abiding citizens the freedom to make their choice and exercise their franchise”. In a related development Nehikhare said, the party has submitted a letter to the INEC to register its displeasure over alleged annormalies ahead of the election. “As part of our preparations for the Edo State gubernatorial election slated for Saturday September 10, 2016 we have formally requested for a meeting with staff (Local Government Collation Officers, Returning Officer for the State, Staff in charge of card readers, E-Collation Officers and members of the ICT team) of INEC assigned to the state to conduct the elections in Edo State.You will be aware that as at today 5/09/2016 (5 days before the elections), the names and identities of these staff have not been made public. Information available to us is that INEC has granted requests made by the All Progressive Congress (APC) for a similar meeting with the above mentioned staff. We are reliably informed that members of APC have been granted remote access to INEC servers and INEC e-collation platforms. We are informed that this was done in furtherance of a plan by certain officials of INEC to grant APC real time access to INEC’s e-collation platforms in a bid to enable them manipulate results on the field at polling stations where they are losing elections or disrupt the electoral process at such locations. We believe that such a meeting will avail us the opportunity to lay our complaints and information available to us before INEC in details.

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