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We Demand an Apology - PDP tells Oshiomole, Ize - Iyamu over an attack

Apologize To Us PDP Tells Oshiomole, Ize - Iyamu

The Peoples Democratic Party has demanded an apology from the opposition party APC, Oshiomole and Ize - Iyamu over the attack close to Oba of Benin during campaign.

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In a statement by the PDP's Secretary, Publicity sub Committee of ( PDP NCCEGE), Kola Ologbondiyan said that "The officials of the PDP National Campaign Council for Edo State has demanded that the sacked National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Adams Oshiomhole as well as the party’s governorship candidate in Edo state, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, tender an unreserved apology to the Edo traditional institution for bringing thugs to attack guests and desecrate the palace of the highly revered Oba of Benin, last Saturday.

"Findings from our investigations, including hard evidence contained in the video of the attack posted by agents of the clearly showed that the assault was coordinated by the APC and its leaders in Edo state to embarrass the traditional council and create a situation of chaos in the state with the view to derail the electoral process.

"Our National Campaign Council is also appalled by the display of arrogance and lack of remorse by Oshiomhole and the APC leaders who had reached out to our National Campaign Council to express their personal regrets over the matter. Nevertheless, we hold that the apologies should also openly go to the Edo traditional council and the people of Edo state in general.

"Nigerians are still in a state of shock that the leaders in Edo, in their desperation, could go to the extent of bringing thugs to the Oba of Benin palace to attack entourage, which included state governors, and in the Official PDP Nigeria process brought unbridle violence against innocent citizens, as seen in the video posted by their agents.

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"Moreover, the Sunday’s press statement by the National Working Committee of the APC wherein it attempted to divert public attention from the culpability of its arrogant leaders in Edo state, is a clear confirmation that the APC's attack at the Palace had the official backing of its national leadership of the APC.

"It is also instructive to note that the APC, its sacked national chairman as well as its governorship candidate, Ize-Iyamu, have always shown open disparagement and disrespect for traditional institution in Edo state.

"Nigerians can recall how Adams Oshiomhole and other APC leaders shunned the peace meeting called by the most venerated Oba of Benin early this year.

"The Saturday’s attack at the Oba Palace by APC thugs as well as the failure by APC leaders to apologize, even after their involvement was exposed in the last Saturday’s Attack, is therefore in furtherance of APC's total disregard for the traditional institution in Edo state.

"Being out of job, following his disgraceful removal in the APC and sack as national chairman of that party; in addition to fears of prosecution for alleged stealing of billions of naira belonging to Edo state while he was governor, Adams Oshiomhole is desperate to foist Ize-Iyamu, the same individual he exposed as a treasury looter, as governor just to have unfettered access to the state treasury as well as shield himself from prosecution.

"Our National Campaign has already been made aware of plots by the APC to suppress the people of Edo state by using certain group of thugs, who were seen on video being contracted by Ize-Iyamu, to orchestrate pockets of violent attacks in various parts of the state so as to scare the people, create an impression of security breakdown and pave way to truncate the wish of the people of Edo state.

"Already, the APC’s plot against the people of Edo has been exposed by their attack at the Oba Palace and the barefaced desecration of the values, which the people of Edo state hold in the highest esteem.
While we understand that Oshiomhole and the candidate, Ize-Iyamu, are distraught because of their rejection by the Edo people, resorting to acts of violence just to embarrass the state and derail the election has worsened their case.

"Being exposed, what Nigerians expected from Ize-Iyamu, as a governorship candidate, was to immediately apologize to the Edo traditional institution and the entire Edo people, but no!
Instead, the seething haughtiness, blackmail, falsehood, lies and arrogance of the APC are being ruthlessly unleashed on the people of Edo State."

PDP ahead of Edo Governorship election coming up on the 17th of September has expressed their immense gratitude to the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II and his councils for their roles and undying efforts towards a peaceful election in the state.

The Party in a press release therefore urged all players to be cautious about their actions which may be against the stand of the highly esteemed traditional ruler even after the election.

Edo State election is around the corner, and PDP is therefore expected to clinch victory as they are the ruling party in the state.

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