Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Sunday, June 21, accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of importing thugs into the state ahead of its governorship primaries slated for June 22.
Obaseki raised this alarm via a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Crusoe Osagie.
The governor stated that while other political parties conducting primary elections in Edo State; had notified the government of their readiness to comply with the state’s COVID-19 guidelines; the ruling party was yet to do so.
“The Edo State government is calling on all political parties holding primary elections to restrict themselves to conduct their activities within the protocols and regulations provided for in the Edo State Coronavirus Quarantine Regulations and the Government’s Gazette on political gatherings during this pandemic.
“These guidelines were issued in fulfillment of government’s statutory duty to ensure the protection of lives and property; in the state in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
“However, we note with concern that all the political parties conducting primary elections in Edo State have notified the government of their readiness; to comply with the extant laws and COVID-19 regulations, except the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
Obaseki, therefore, implored the security apparatchik to be on alert. This, he noted, was essential in order to forestall any potential breakdown in law and order.
“The APC appears resolved to carry on with the conduct of their primary election in violation of the Edo State COVID-19 Quarantine Regulations; and the state Government’s Gazette on political gatherings in a pandemic.
“We also have it on good authority that these persons have imported thugs into the state to actualize this illegality; further threatening the peace and security of our dear state.
“In the light of this, we want to state unequivocally that the Edo State Government will spare no expense in upholding the law; and protecting the lives of our people.
“We will ensure we identify and prosecute anyone who engages in this illegality and their collaborators; should they proceed with this unlawful conduct.”