The PDP has accused the All Progressives Congress of wanting and planning to cause chaos in Uzairue, Etsako West Local Government Area which the party said made it move its campaign to the Owan East Local Government Area.
The speaker on behalf of the party, State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chris Nehikhare, said, “We have gotten information that leaders of the APC are planning and have decided to attack members and supporters of the PDP in Etsako West Local Government Area, where former APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole comes from.”
Chris Azebamwan the publicity secretary of the APC, denied the claim which also noted that both parties have decided to ensure that no clash was recorded during the campaign.
However, Chris Nehikhare insisted that the decision to postpone the campaign was taken to protect PDP supporters from any sort of clash in that part of the state.
Nehikhare said, “Our candidate and Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, is a peace-loving leader who places huge premium on the safety of citizens. We had planned going to Uzairue and Auchi but the APC has just released its campaign schedule that shows that they will be at the same place.”
Azebamwan APC publicity secretary showed surprise at the statement made by the PDP spokesman, saying, “I am surprised that Chris Nehikhare made such a statement. The secretary of the APC, Lawrence Okah, and his PDP counterpart arranged a meeting between the two chairmen on Monday when it was also known that the two parties have rallies in Owan East on the same day.
“That is the level of conversation we got to before today. If a party has such motives as being accused by the PDP, will we attend such a meeting? It is very obvious that the PDP knows what is coming for it on September 19 and that is why they are raising this kind of issue
“It is either Chris is not on the same page with his chairman or he wants to be seen to be active by spreading falsehood,” Chris Azebamwan added.