By Gabriel Enogholase
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has raised the alarm that the the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Governor Adams Oshiomhole was working on a plan to rig the September 10 governorship election in the state, calling on government institutions and security agencies to beware and not work with the APC in subverting the will of the Edo people.
At campaign rally for the party’s governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, in Uzebba, Owan West Local Government Area, the party also challenged Oshiomhole to tell Edo people how much a company, Afrinvest, owned by the APC governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki, has invested in the the Edo University, Iyamho (EUI).
State chairman of the PDP, Dan Orbih, who made the remark, said Governor Oshiomhole has boasted that he was working on a plan to perfect the rigging of the election in conjunction with INEC officials, police, army and other security agencies.
He said it was morally wrong for Oshiomhole to use unappropriated funds to build the EUI in his hometown, accusing the governor of spending over N18 billion in the university, and was planning to hand over power Obaseki.
He said, “President Buhari has never intervened in any election before now, so we hope Edo State will not be an exception. Nobody can use INEC, police, army or EFCC to rig the PDP out.
“I want to tell Oshiomhole that Edo people are prepared to behave the way the civilian population in Turkey behaved when the soldiers marched against them. We will resist any attempt to subvert the will of the Edo people; we stand on a very solid ground knowing fully well that Oshiomhole has failed Edo people.”
Also speaking, Ize-Iyamu described as sheer wickedness the total neglect of Owan people politically and economically by the government of Oshiomhole and promised to focus his attention on proper development of the locality if he gets elected.
He promised that a PDP government will tar the Uzebba and Okpujie township roads which he said have been abandoned, just as he promised to employ more teachers in the schools in the locality.