Confusion In Edo As Security Operatives, Political Parties Differ Over Election Postponement

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Political tension further heightened in the camps of political parties in the scheduled Saturday’s governorship election following reports by the Nigeria Police Force and Department of State Security Service that the election be postponed.

LEADERSHIP however gathered that the security agencies sighted likely plans of attack in the state thereby urged INEC to shift the election.

It would be recalled that Students billed to seat for WASC protested the clash of their exams with the governorship election and called Postponement of Guber election.

The Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Service gave this advice to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Channels Television is reporting.

While Governor Adams Oshiomhole of the All Progressive Congress, APC insisted that the election must hold also noted that  it is tantamount to postponing the burial date of PDP.

According to him, “the APC is ready for the election this Saturday and that was why we help our mega rally on Tuesday and after that rally our people across the state became more committed, more dogged and ready for the Saturday election.

“I am already preparing to go to my village to also mobilize my people as other party leaders are doing, that is to let you know that we are not relaxing despite the fact that we know the PDP is already dead and our people are just getting ready for the burial.

“However, security issues are security issues and as regards elections they are very critical. If on their own they are calling on INEC for postponement, I am sure they must have their reasons because they are experts in it. If you recall, we raise the alarm that the PDP had planned to import thugs from neighbouring states to help them unleash mayhem on our people because they are not prepared for the election.

“They have not been campaigning because they have no message rather they imported thugs into the state but I wish the election will go on so that security agents will pick them up and expose them. So If security agents are raising this same alarm, I will not be surprised. I am aware some of my colleagues in the South South threatened that they will deal with me in Edo because I went against former President Jonathan.

“But I laughed because I am serving the living God and I am glad they brought a fake Pastor as their candidate and we will flush them all out. So these threats have been there but my appeal is that if INEC is shifting the election, it should not be too far because we are eager to bury the PDP, we have purchased their coffin and ready to be sealed.

“I am making this passionate appeal so that we can get this over. I am ready, my people are ready, whatever is the decision, we shall abide to it because I also know that security issues are serious matters” he stated.

But the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, candidate, Osaro Onaiwu posited the election should be postponed adding that majority of eligible students will be disenfranchised.

As at the time of filing in this report, the leadership of PDP in the are holding an emergency meeting over the matter.

 

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