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Lawmaker denies planning to disrupt re-run poll

By Abdulwahab Abdulah
BENIN — Ahead of the re-run election ordered by the Court of Appeal into Akoko-Edo constituency, Edo State, Anslem Agbabi, the candi-date for the Peoples Demo-cratic Party (PDP) for the poll has denied the allegation that he was planning to invade the constituency with cultists during the election.

Agbabi, whose election was nullified and a re-run election ordered by the Court of Appeal, Benin, said the allegation by his opponent from the Action Congress (AC) accusing him of plan to hire cultists is comparable to that of a drowning man.

In a statement from his constituency office, Agbabi said, “The AC candidate in the re-run election has never stood nor won any election in Akoko-Edo, hence his recourse to become an alar-mist.”

He said that as “a lawma-ker, politician and a philanthropist of many years standing in Akoko-Edo,” he has always got the support of his constituency since 2003  represent their interest.

both at the Edo State House of Assembly and in some other political and social forums.

Agbabi said the re-run election is just an opportunity for his constituency to renew the mandate given to him at the 2003 and 2007 House of Assembly elections.  He further stated that it is his opponent, who has been holding clandestine meetings with some groups so as to course mayhem in Akoko-Edo before and during the election.

He therefore enjoined his numerous supporters to be peaceful and ready to defend their votes for him in the forthcoming re-run election and not be misled by the propaganda machinery deployed to Akoko-Edo LGA by the A.C.


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