The Edo State Government said it has uncovered a plot by some members of the opposition political party to disrupt the forthcoming local government elections in the state.
The government said reports and several checks with the relevant security agencies in the state, confirmed that “the plot has been perfected to cause unprecedented mayhem and a general sense of insecurity in Edo State to disrupt the forthcoming local council polls.”
The Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communications Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the plan also includes the hiring of militants from neighbouring Niger Delta states to instil fear in the electorates and stop them from exercising their franchise during the elections.
Osagie said “the recurring name in this irresponsible plot is the faint-hearted and dying Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), after failing abysmally to dissuade anyone at a press conference it organised recently in Benin City, where it threatened to go to court and restrain the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) from conducting the election.”
He explained that the PDP is scared of the failure that awaits the party at the polling booths and is inventing devilish means to disrupt the process.
He however assured that “the respective security agencies have been fully briefed and are on alert to intercept the would-be assailants and aggressors from carrying out their evil plans. The Edo State Government will not be intimidated by the shenanigans of the PDP and will ensure it carries out its constitutional role of ensuring the security of life and property and that the citizens perform their civic duties.”
The governor’s aide said the state government will deploy a mix of overt and covert strategies to secure all parts of the state before, during and after the exercise.
He urged all political parties in the state to behave as good sportsmen and put forward their best feet for the political contest.
“Free and fair elections are strange to the PDP. For them, it is either their fraudulent way of writing results in their bedrooms or no way. They know that never again will Edo people make the mistake of filing behind any PDP candidate in the state, that is why the dying party is plotting to scuttle the forthcoming council polls and they will surely fail,” Osagie said.
He called on Edo people to be calm and go about their lawful businesses assured that the Obaseki-led government is on top of the situation and will quell any sinister plots of the PDP and its cohorts before they are hatched.