In references considered not too vague, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has accused a billionaire with All Progressives Congress (APC) affiliations, of allegedly paying policemen from Abuja to come to his domain to arrestt members of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The plot, according to him, is being orchestrated as part of efforts by his former party to capture the state in the September 19, 2020 election in which he is PDP candidate. Many believe Obaseki is referring to Capt. Hosa Okunbo.
But the APC, according to the Chairman of the Edo State APC Campaign Council, John Mayaki, the governor was confused and projecting PDP’s criminal plans.
His words: “Governor Godwin Obaseki is a confused man merely projecting the criminal plans his divided party, the PDP, are perfecting following the dawning realisation that they have been rejected by the people of Edo State.
“The APC is the only party campaigning on its documented manifesto because our sole strategy to win the election is by winning the hearts and goodwill of our people through well-thought-out programs and policies that will bring relief and erase the failures of the past four years.”
Obaseki in Benin City, on Friday, told Muslim leaders in Government House on Friday, “I am not afraid of any man but God. I know the gang up is to provoke me and my supporters but we will not fall for their tricks as God will help us.
“As I speak to you now, you can’t imagine that Police from Abuja are already in the state and have been paid to arrest our supporters. They have been paid by a billionaire to arrest Peoples Democratic Party supporters in the state. This billionaire sponsored the attacks on me and other PDP governors at the Palace. This is to tell you the level of corruption and impunity we face.
“They are planning violence, bringing arms, intimidating our supporters as part of their strategy. They know that if we have a free and fair election, they stand no chance. Their strategy is to continue with their propaganda and lies. They know they don’t have a record of performance; their plan is just to intimidate our supporters and ensure they stay off the polling booth.
“They attacked my supporters and wanted me to react to the attacks. I will not attack them back because as the Chief Security Officer of the state, my responsibility is to maintain peace. We would continue to do that at all costs,” he said.