The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress of allegedly sponsoring the call for the postponement of Saturday’s governorship election by some students currently sitting the 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination in the state.
It described the call as a alleged ploy by the APC to delay the election because it was afraid of a defeat.
The state Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, who spoke on Tuesday in Benin, said, “I think this protest is being organised by the APC. I do not think they are prepared for the election. It is obvious that what is awaiting the APC come Saturday is defeat.
“So, they are now urging people to go to the streets to request the postponement of the election. What I must say hear is that if they hold the election on Saturday, APC will be defeated.
Orbih noted that the affected WASSCE candidates should have asked WAEC to postpone the examination rather than the election, which he said was long overdue.
He added “If through their organised protest, using thugs to demonstrate that they are students that will be affected if we go ahead to do the election and, as a result, they decide to postpone the election, they will only delay the evil day.”
Efforts to reach the leadership of the APC in the state for comments were not successful.
However, the Commissioner for Information, Kassim Afegbua, dismissed the allegation, adding that the APC had nothing to fear as the opposition party had long been decimated
According to Afegbua, the PDP had shown that it was less concerned about the education of the youths and did not understand its value.
The commissioner said, “How can? How possible is it that the ruling party will be afraid of rickety opposition party that has been decimated over the years?
“We pity them (PDP). They do not value education, so the issue of WASSCE does not bother them.”