Edo Poll: Wike asks police, security agencies to use poll to restore tarnished image


The chairman of the Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the September 19, 2020 Governorship election in Edo State and Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has asked the police and other security agencies to use the forthcoming election to rebuild their tarnished image.

Wike who spoke in Port-Harcourt while reacting to last Saturday’s campaign flag-off by the APC in Benin alleged that the opposition party in Edo state was working round the clock to unleash violence and mayhem in the state in order to create room for possibly cancellation.

He said since the Chairman of INEC has said that the election will be stopped if there is violence, the APC leaders want to cause violence so that the election will stop.

The governor stated that the APC, is not ready for the governorship elections in Edo State having “found out that they would be defeated mercilessly”.

He said the Governor of the state and Candidate of PDP, Godwin Obaseki, was not an ingrate as claimed by the former Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole and candidate of the party, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, noting that the latter duo are ungrateful individuals.

“We have enough intelligence on what they want to do with the security in the election, but we will scuttle it. “Police is supposed to use Edo State election to clear their name and regain the confidence of the people.

“APC wants to do so, so that there will be enough violence in the election. Like the Chairman of INEC has said that the election will be stopped if there is violence. They want to cause violence so that the election will stop.

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“They are not interested in the election, so that INEC will stop it and then wait till November when Obaseki’s tenure will end. It is a calculation that they do not want the election to hold because Edo people are tired of the lies from Oshiomohle.”

Wike said Oshiomohle has been decimated at APC national office and that he wants to fall back on Edo State, urging people of the state to resist the perceived third term agenda of the former governor.

He said: “Obaseki is not an ingrate, rather it is Oshiomohle that is fighting him (Obaseki) and his boy, Ize-Iyamu that are ingrates.

Wike, however, stated that it was high time that Nigerians begun to vote people of character and moral standing into power other than those who profess performance.

“Character must be one factor that everybody must consider in this election. It should not be based on performance because anyone can perform in the office.

“One thing that should be important in our elections is character and Obaseki has it. Ize Iyamu was charged to court by this APC government for corruption. Now they are saying he has not been proven guilty. There is no fight for corruption anywhere, all we have is witch-hunting,” Wike declared.

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