The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has requested the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate “Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s utterances, hate language, threats and vulgar words in his ongoing campaign, ahead of the July 14 governorship election.
This request, the party noted was in line with the dictates of the Electoral Act.
In the petition which was submitted during the stakeholders’ meeting called by the INEC last Thursday in Abuja to address some burning issues, which have cropped up in the last few days in Edo State - in preparation for the governorship election, the party told the chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega that Oshiomhole has not conducted himself in “a civilised manner” in line with the different sections of the Electoral Act that outlaws use of indecent language and abusive words during electioneering campaigns.
Submitting different video-tapes of Oshiomhole’s campaigns, where he was said to have devoted a “huge part of his campaigns to threatening different people, especially where he said Edo State would burnt if he loses the coming election and also his use of indecent words to abuse the national leader of the party, Chief Tony Anenih,” the PDP advised INEC to call Oshiomhole to order to avoid breach of law and order in the coming governorship election.
The Edo State PDP governorship candidate, Gen. Charles Airiahvwere, who was visibly not happy with Oshiomhole, especially with the way he had conducted himself, stood up at the meeting, and with pointed fingers directed at the governor’s face, told him to stop his “indecent language and abusive words being used against leaders of the PDP,” warning that the governor has no monopoly of violence and mischief.
He was said to have further told Professor Jega that but for the maturity and leadership traits the PDP had shown so far, by restraining its robust supporters, the state would have been plagued into anarchy.
The Edo State chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Oribh, confirmed the video-tape petition to the INEC to LEADERSHIP last night, but said that in spite of Oshiomhole’s provocation, his party would continue to display good leadership. “It is a matter of days before the governor is chased out by the good people of Edo State; we will not allow his poor upbringing to distract our focus,” the chairman stated.