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PDP, APC trade blames over attacks on voting centres

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By Gabriel Enogholase

EDO State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, were at each other’s throat over an attack at Igbesanwan Primary (Ward 3), Benin City, during the presidential/National Assembly elections by thugs.

File : NIGERIA, Maiduguri : This photo shows razed homes in Mainok, outside Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, on March 6, 2014. At least 74 people were killed in attacks on March 1, 2014 in villages near Maiduguri, blamed on Boko Haram militants, taking the overall death toll this year beyond 300, with no apparent end in sight to the carnage. Gunmen dressed in military fatigues and armed with powerful assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and explosives laid siege to the village of Mainok, killing 39. AFP PHOTO

PDP’s state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, while blaming APC youth leader for allegedly leading the thugs in the attack, said: “What is curious is what the APC youth leader and his thugs were doing there.

“The APC youth leader, Valentine Asuen, is not a registered voter in Owina Primary School in Ward 3. It’s even more ridiculous that APC members were the only ones that were attacked.

“The story is not only concocted, but laughable that thugs attack a school, singled out APC members for attack.”

However, Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, in his reaction said: “No amount of lies, violence, or political thuggery can compete with the social sanity that the Obaseki-led government has engendered.

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“When good people boast about progress, evil people threaten the degree of evil they can orchestrate. But good will continue to triumph over evil as evident in our recent political history.

“Edo people today are ready for a contest in which we will point to the quality of roads and other infrastructure under APC and PDP, the number and quality of jobs that have been created, the quality of public schools under both parties, the quality of academic instructions in our schools and the elevation of a culture of pedagogy, hard work and merit, against the PDP era in which thugs, barely literate, and dysfunctional people were chairmen of boards and parastatals.”

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