By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state has raised an alarm over alleged use of blackmail and intimidation by the state government to force local government council chairmen to decamp to the Action Congress (AC).
But Action Congress through its state Publicity Secretary, Retti Uzzi, described the allegation as untrue, saying people were dumping the PDP every day because of its autocratic nature.
PDPâ€™s State Publicity Secretary, Chief Nosa Adams, said in a statement: â€œIn various instances, local government chairmen have been subjected to false and unsubstantiated allegations against them to smear their integrity and incite the public against them.
They have also been subjected to unconstitutional and illegal suspension from office.
â€œThe PDP in Edo state sees these activities as autocratic, despotic and a slap on democracy by Edo state government and AC.
â€œWe advise the state government and AC to squarely face the act of governance and stop the resort to blackmailing and intimidation to attract membership.
â€œThe distraction of duly elected local government council chairmen from their constitutional obligation to the people should stop.â€
The party urged its members not to be intimidated, urging AC to stop all activities that could ignite tension and destabilise the state.
â€œEdo state is large enough for all political players to play without interference and acrimony towards one another,â€ said the party.
But AC, in its reaction, said: â€œThey (PDP) have no hiding place again in Edo State and that is why they are losing members every day. And they will continue to lose members until they evaporate in Edo.â€