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Edo 2020 : APC Seeking Declaration Of State Of Emergency In Edo - Campaign Council

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, on Monday, accused the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) of contriving violence in some local government areas with the intention of compelling the authorities to declare a state of emergency in the state and consequently postpone the September 19, 2020 governorship election.

At a press conference held in Benin City on behalf of the PDP Campaign Council, the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, accused the APC stressing that the actions and conduct of the APC; resorting to irresponsible tactic to subvert the will of the people indicated that the APC is scared of  Godwin Obaseki, the Governor of Edo state and the candidate of the PDP in the forthcoming September 19 election.

According to Nehikhare, the APC knowing it will lose the election, is now looking for all means to have the election postponed, and also instigate a state of emergency to be declared or not to have the election at all.

“APC is now contriving violence on their supporters and members. We condemn this irresponsible tactic where nothing would happen and APC would want to create or contrive violence in Edo State.”

Nehikhare speaking further said,

“The Oba of Benin called all political gladiators to a peace meeting in his palace, urging them to sheath their sword. We are happy to announce to you that PDP has worked on that and are happy to report that in the past few days no report of violence on our leaders across the three Senatorial Districts in the state. Since the Oba spoke on the issue we can categorically say that there have been no new reported cases.

"We challenged them (APC) a few days ago, prior to the Oba's intervention to produce any catalog where any APC person was attacked. Let them produce it like the PDP has done, which is in the public domain. PDP is committed to a free, fair and credible election come September 19, 2020.”

The PDP in Edo state through it's Publicity Secretary also accused the Edo APC of not having any sustainable good plan for the people.

He said,

“ The Simple Agenda of the APC does not talk about the post-COVID-19 era of the economy and global downturn. The Simple Agenda reminds me of the fake promises made by the APC government in 2015, promising to reduce fuel price and give every child a meal each day. Nigerians are aware of the failed nature of the APC. They have failed at the federal level as they are unable to manage the economy.

“ The APC is a collection of people that make promises that they cannot keep. At the federal level, they have ruined the economy and want to ruin our economy in Edo State; that is why they are in the election. We would not give a chance to any party that can't keep promises; we would stop them as Nigerians believed the lies told by the APC in 2015.”

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