Re: Edo 2016 Guber: APC Set To Burn INEC Office To Cover Up Election Malpractices
Our attention has been drawn to an incident that occurred on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, wherein representatives of our great Party, the PDP and that of the APC of Edo State chapters were at the Edo State INEC Office in Benin City; in continuation of the inspection and verification of materials used during the 2016 Governorship Election in compliance with the Order of the Election Petition Tribunal.
2. In view of the above, the Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is reliably informed that during the Exercise on that day, new exposures of misdeeds emerged against the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the State during the Election. These revelations were critical that made the APC representatives outrageous accusing the INEC staffers of conspiracy. The situation degenerated into intense quarrel making the APC members threaten persons and property of INEC; and the weightiest was the open threat to burn the INEC Office in order to prevent the Electoral Umpire from providing credible evidence at the Tribunal.
3. The APC representatives demonstrated readiness to carry out their threat by assaulting the INEC personnel in the presence of some of our members and other people who saved the situation. It is hopeless for members of a political party that claim to have won the Gubernatorial Election resorting to an unruly aggression in such an exercise. However, we are not surprised at their public misdemeanour given the overwhelming evidence available to us showing that the Election was mindlessly rigged for the APC but justice will be done in favour of our Candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
4. We therefore call on the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the State Security Service (SSS) to immediately arrest this ugly situation by providing adequate security during this exercise to forestall breakdown of law and order. We believe that this show of anxiety and aggression of the APC will continue if nothing is done urgently in the interest of general good.
5. Finally as a peace loving Party, we stand on the side of justice and equity; and abhors any form of violence but will not succumb to intimidation. We have hope in the Judiciary and holds it in high esteem to do justice to all people in this matter.
God bless Edo State! God bless the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)!! God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!