By SIMON EBEGBULEM
AHEAD the April general elections, former Deputy Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Chief Fred Omogberai, yesterday, raised an alarm over alleged plots by political gladiators to destabilize the state. He called for a security meeting in the state in order to avert bloodshed in the state.
Calling on the Inspector General of Police to investigate all the reported cases of violence, particularly since the commencement of the on-going voters registration exercise in Afuze and other parts of the state, he said that the security meeting will help in keeping politicians in check, adding that the forthcoming elections in the state may be bloodier than ever if nothing was done now to check the situation.
Omogberai, in a statement, said “I have witnessed the mass movement of people across the entire Owan East Local Government Area since the beginning of the voters’ registration exercise. There are reports of skirmishes between two rival political parties at Warake, Ihiievbe, Afuze and complaints were made.”
“We are not happy about this unfolding political thuggery and shooting as if there is war in that local government area and other parts of the state.
So it will be in the best interest of the police and other stakeholders to please organize a stakeholders meeting of all the candidates of major political parties and leaders of the parties to discuss security matters.”