The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to plans by the Edo State government to recruit thugs from Kogi and Ekiti States to disrupt the planned Friday rally where over twenty thousand leaders of the PDP across the 18 LGAs in the state led by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, will be received into the APC by the National Chairman of our great party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other leaders of the APC across the country.
We are aware that the state government has recruited the services of the governor’s Special Adviser on Security, Mr Haruna Yusuf and former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Kabiru Adjoto to recruit these armed thugs. They have been mandated to disrupt the scheduled rally by importing armed thugs from Kogi and Delta states.
We are raising this alarm so that the world will know that governor Obaseki intends to unleash mayhem on APC members in Edo state after he had perfected plans to join the PDP. We have informed him of the scheduled rally. His deputy has also been informed but they have vowed to disrupt any event that will boost the strength of the APC in Edo state. This claim that cultists are invading the state is arrant nonsense. We are holding APC rally and we have accordingly informed all relevant authorities.
We appeal to the Inspector General of Police, the Edo State Police Commissioner and the DSS to provide security to our members on that day. We use this opportunity to appeal to the governor to toe the path of peace and avoid violence because no blood of any Edo man is worth the ambition of any body.
We urge security agents to be at alert because since the preparation for this rally, our members are being harassed while many are being threatened and beaten across the state.
This press statement was issued and Signed by Lawrence Okah, Edo State Secretary of the APC