Edo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said yesterday that the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the state should look inwards for the killers of the Governor’s Principal Private Secretary, Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde.

Oyerinde was reportedly killed by unknown gunmen in the early hours of Friday in his Ugbor GRA residence, a development which triggered a street protest led by Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, stated, at a press conference held at the party’s secretariat in Benin, that the allegation by the ACN that the PDP was responsible for the killing was “ridiculous, vexatious, unfounded and figment of the governor and ACN’s imagination.”

Orbih said that it was “very clear that Governor Oshiomhole and the ACN are trying to incite the good people of Edo State against the PDP,” pointing out: “The attempt to gain undue publicity, cheap popularity and sympathy of Edo people will fail woefully.”

According to him, “This latest unwholesome and despicable accusation by Governor Oshiomhole shows clearly that he is a drowning man waiting to drag innocent people into the mud with him.

“The police have been mandated and should be allowed to do their investigation to unravel the cause of death of the said private secretary.  Until the police come up with their findings, we will maintain a dignified silence and remain law abiding in the face of this obviously wicked provocation.”

Orbih declared: “We are aware that the main objective of these wicked and baseless accusations against the PDP is to prepare the ground for unleashing terror and violence on notable PDP leaders in Edo State to weaken the tempo of our campaign and give him undue advantage.”

He, however, said the people of Edo State were knowledgeable enough to be deceived by the “antics of Governor Oshiomhole whose days as governor of Edo State are definitely numbered.

“The plan of Governor Oshiomhole is to deliberately, with these accusations, divert attention from the scandalous revelation of his multi-billion private estate under construction at his hometown of Iyamho. The world must know the truth.”

Orbih slammed the Director General of the Oshiomhole Campaign and former Secretary to the State Government the  under Lucky Igbinedion administration, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu over his unguarded and inciting statements suggesting that the PDP was responsible for the killing.

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