The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, August 23, revealed that the people of Edo State were ready for the September 19 governorship election; and would not be deterred by claims of insecurity designed to scare them away from voting centres.
This was contained in a statement issued by the PDP Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr. Chris Nehikhare.
Nehikhare made this assertion in Benin; while appraising the party’s campaign tour in Edo Central Senatorial District which ended on Saturday.
The PDP official declared that the party was prepared for the election; but regretted that some persons wanted its postponement.
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“Edo people are wiser now and will come out to vote the party; and also re-elect Governor Godwin Obaseki back to Osadebey Avenue.
“These persons have been going about trying to create fear in the minds of the electorate by raising a false alarm and unfounded allegations.
“Security agencies in the state must broaden their intelligence gathering and improve their security machinery.”
Nehikhare expressed happiness over the reception accorded PDP by the party’s supporters in Edo South Senatorial District, saying that such confidence won’t be taken for granted.
He assured the people of Edo that Obaseki and his team would do even much better if given a second term.
“PDP works with mega plans because governance in Edo is not simple, so it does not require a simple agenda to solve it,” the spokesman added.
Meanwhile, the Presidency, on Sunday, August 23, frowned at the repeated sentiments being played around a recent video clip by the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), describing it as ”a complete waste of time”.
1st News had reported that the PDP in the last few days addressed several press briefings over the video clip; showing the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, chatting along a walkway in the State House; with former Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
The PDP, as well as many commentators, had picked out a part where the word ‘arrest’ was mentioned; and had imputed many interpretations of it.
However, a Presidency source, who spoke anonymously, told State House correspondents that the opposition party chose a wrong person; the Chief of Staff to the President, to malign.