Obaseki accuses APC of plotting crisis ahead of Edo elections

Obaseki accuses APC of plotting crisis ahead of Edo elections

The camp of the incumbent Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki on Monday, August 10, alleged that there is an ongoing scheme by the All Progressive Congress (APC) to create a crisis that may lead Edo into a state of emergency.

According to Obaseki, this alleged plot is to prevent the upcoming September 19 governorship elections from happening.

The claim was made by Adaze Enwanta, Special Assistant to the Edo State Governor; who appeared on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics.

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Enwanta made these claims while reacting to Thursday’s invasion of the State Assembly which he described as treason.

According to him, the people of Edo “are very pleased with Obaseki and he will be reelected come September, 19th 2020″.

He also said: “If there is violence in Edo State, it will affect the whole of Nigeria because Edo is at the centre.

“Their plan is to create a crisis and lead Edo into a state of emergency so that elections will not hold.”

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“The invasion of Edo Assembly is nothing short of treason,” Enwanta said.

This came after Obaseki reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to endorse the APC, governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, ahead of the gubernatorial election set for September 19; saying he sympathised with Buhari over the endorsement.

He also stated that Buhari only endorsed Ize-Iyamu in the interest of APC; adding that he was disappointed that the President could endorse Ize-Iyamu; despite facing trial for corruption to the tune of N700m.

Meanwhile, the presidential panel investigating the corruption allegations levelled against the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu; is expected to submit its report to President Muhammadu Buhari next Monday.

1st News had reported that the panel headed by a former President of the Appeal Court, Justice Ayo Salami, was inaugurated on July 3; and has 45 days to submit its report to the president.

Other members of the panel are: DIG Anthony Ogbizi Michael (Police); Muhammad Abubakar Babadoko (Federal Ministry of Justice); Hassan Yahaya Abdullahi (DSS); Muhammad Shamsuddeen (OAGF); Douglas Egweme (NFIU); while Barr. Kazeem Attitebi will serve as the Secretary.

Magu was arrested on July 6 and questioned by the panel for alleged financial impropriety.

He was grilled for allegedly re-looting assets recovered by the commission.

The panel also questioned the suspended EFCC chairman; for allegedly failing to account for interest that accrued from the N550billion recovered funds.

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