By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY â€”Â THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) inÂ Edo State has raised an alarm over an alleged move by Action Congress (AC) in the state to import over 3000 thugs from neighouring Ondo state with the intention of parading them for the partyâ€™s rally in Benin today as PDP decampees.
The rally, which Action Congress has christened mother of all rallies, is billed for Samuel Ogbemudia stadium.
But spokesman of AC, Retti Uzzi, described the allegation as untrue, saying that â€œwe have a lot of genuine PDP members that will be decamping tomorrow (today) during the rally, so there is no need wasting money to import people from Ondo. Every body will see them live, even the PDP leaders know themâ€.
PDP alleged in a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Chief Nosa Adams,Â that millions of naira of Edo Stateâ€™s money had been geared to mobilize and finance the import of the thugs, describing the move as a politically miscalculated endeavour to create the wrong impression that Action Congress was gaining ground in Edo State.
â€œIt should be noted that the government is about a year in office with most of the roads in Benin City not motorable, hospitals turned into mere consulting centers and schools non-functional and lacking in necessary facilities,â€ the party stated.
It urged the police and other law enforcement agencies to take prompt action to stop the thugs and prevent their invasion of the state, and warned that the outcome of their evil activities may spark off violence.
â€œAgain we have sounded the warning,â€ the party said.