Edo poll: PDP recruiting militants from Rivers to cause mayhem, says Obaseki

Edo poll: PDP recruiting militants from Rivers to cause mayhem, says Obaseki

Thursday, September 1, 2016 8:50 am

Godwin Obaseki, APC governorship candidate at a rally

Godwin Obaseki, APC governorship candidate at a rally


Jethro Ibileke/Benin

Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the September 10 gubernatorial election in Edo state, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has raised the alarm that the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has recruited the militants who caused mayhem in Rivers State with a view to perpetrating violence during the September 10 gubernatorial polls in the state.


Obaseki who raised the alarm on Wednesday during an interview in Benin, described the PDP as masters of propaganda.


According to him: “We know that the PDP is working with the guys that created the havoc in Rivers state, the killings there. We have told security agencies, we know that they have recruited many of them. You know we are campaigning in riverine areas and those are the areas they are targeting. Places like llushi, Gelegele, our borders are the areas they intend to perpetrate violence and there is evidence they have brought in people into Oredo, Egor and Ikpoba Okha.


“They planted at least two militants each from the Niger Delta in each of the units in these metropolitan areas so that they can cause mayhem and cause confusion that may lead to inconclusive elections. But we have told security agents. The PDP has no message to give so they want violence but we will not allow them.”


“They are masters of propaganda, while we are campaigning the PDP leadership are using the money they stole for propaganda, so their propaganda machine is well oiled, misinforming people, most of their proposed theory is to deceive people, giving them false impression that they are winning.


“No concrete message for the people, they are selling a message for the future when they destroyed the past. So they really don’t have a message; they go to the markets, trying to create fear, using the current economic crisis to campaign. But we have gone round to explain to people that these are the same people who caused this economic recession, destroyed our economy. So the only thing  they have confidence is violence which they are masters in.


“So they stand no chance in this election. Look at all their leaders joining APC every day, and they have two candidates running, so who are their members going to vote for?


“For me, the only opponents I have is Osaro Onaiwu, APGA candidate and others. That is why we are not bothered, we are working hard and we have performed and we must consolidate on what Oshiomhole has achieved. Edo state is too big for any individual and we must continue our developmental projects,” he said.

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