By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
THE Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, alleged that its Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, counterpart has embarked on stockpiling of arms with a view to rigging the April 2011 general elections in the state.
Deputy State chairman of the party and Director-General, Kenneth Imasuangbon Campaign Organisation, Mr. Clement Edo-Osagie made the allegation while speaking to newsmen in Benin City.
However, in its reaction to the allegation, the state Chairman of the ACN, Mr. Thomas Okosun, said that his party was not known to be involved in gun running, adding that it was the PDP that was notorious for such act.
“We are already aware they are going to sew police uniforms as they did in Akoko-Edo re-run election. But this time around, they cannot escape as we are already aware of their plans. Light will always overtake darkness.”
According to Edo-Osagie, “Information has reached PDP that what happened in their primaries, the ACN is acquiring arms and other dangerous weapons to drive away voters and snatch ballot boxes during the general elections. We are already aware of that.”
While insisting that the ACN one person one vote was a deceit, he stated that what the party wants to do was to re-enact what happened in Ovia North-East, Akoko-Edo and Etsako Central re-run elections and challenged the party to deny the allegation.
He however warned that no political party should think of building up arms for the April general elections with a view to denying Nigerians their choice of candidates during the election just as he explained that the PDP was a completely reborn party and referred to the party’s well organized primaries as a testimonial of the party’s new image.
The PDP chieftain also accused the Adams Oshiomhole_led government in Edo State of imposing over bearing taxes on the people of the state and challenged the government to name any project that it has completed with the huge tax income it has collected from the people of the state.
The DG of Imansuangbon Campaign Organization also challenged the government to make available to Edo people the debt profile of the state, saying that if the debt was not properly controlled, it would be a burden to children yet unborn.