From Bisi Olaniyi, Benin
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) and his All Progressives Congress (APC) opponent, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, are partaking in a recent face-off over sponsorship of thugs, cultists and different criminals.
Ize-Iyamu, yesterday at a information convention at his marketing campaign organisation workplace on the Authorities Reservation Space (GRA), Benin, by means of the Publicity Secretary of the APC, Chris Azebamwan, alleged that Obaseki was not bothering about campaigns, however was recruiting, coaching and arming thugs, cultists and different criminals to disrupt the marketing campaign and the election.
He mentioned the PDP, represented by Obaseki, following the conclusion of a fraudulent negotiation, which concerned billions of Edo individuals’s cash, was starting to transcend acceptable means and measures.
Ize-Iyamu alleged: “We’re certain you might be all conscious that the governorship election is just a few weeks away, and because of this, events who’re partakers within the contest are strategising and creating means to safe victory on the polls.
“Abusing state powers and behaving in a fashion already seen since his unlucky emergence in 2016, Obaseki has begun large recruitment of thugs and criminals, however this time, formally into authorities. He disguises these appointments as respectable within the guise of Senior Particular Assistants (SSAs) and Particular Assistants (SAs).
“The individuals raised the primary alarm months in the past, when Obaseki, nearing the termination of his notorious tenure, started to dole out SA and SSA appointments in numbers by no means seen earlier than. Impartial verifications and revelations from the divided occasion (PDP) that Obaseki joined, the place nearly all of members are nonetheless smarting from his unlawful imposition, have proven that the newest appointments, which have been furtively handed out, got to cultists of infamous historical past and origin.”
The APC standard-bearer hinted that he would as soon as once more be writing petitions to the police, different safety companies and the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), to intervene and defend the election in opposition to the criminality and desperation of Obaseki and his occasion of tax-collectors.
Governor Obaseki, reacting by means of his Particular Adviser on Media and Communication Technique, Crusoe Osagie, accused a philanthropist and a distinguished indigene of Edo State, presumed to be backing Ize-Iyamu, of sponsoring confraternity warfare within the state.