Wike, Okowa mobilised thugs to disrupt Edo election - Gov Oshiomhole | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, on Thursday, accused Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State of mobilising militants to cause havoc during the postponed Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

The governorship election which was scheduled to hold on Saturday was postponed by the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, due to security concerns raised by law enforcement agencies.

Speaking when he received the National President of Nigerian Union of Journalist, NUJ, Waheed Odusile in Benin, the state capital, Oshiomhole alleged that both governors raised N2b for PDP’s governorship candidate in the poll, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, “at a time they cannot pay salaries in their states.”

According to Oshiomhole, “As we speak, both governors have raised N2billion to give to Ize-Iyamu when they could not pay salaries in their states. They mobilised militants to Edo to register, preparatory to use them for violence in this election. We have eliminated violence in our elections here but in my election in 2007 PDP members killed three people at Oba primary school and brutalised hundreds of others. But there after we have ensured free and fair election in Edo State.

“But we have asked our people to be on the watch out, during the continuous voters registration exercise, many of them came into town and to my shock INEC registered many of them. But at least we were able to apprehend 13 and we handed them over to the police. During the same period in Etsako Central, they carried data capturing machines and turned private residence to registration centers. We did not take laws into our hand, we reported to the police.

“The guy whose house was being used, we reported to the police. We insisted that the police should charge them to court and after they did that they were granted them bail. And all these are PDP players.

“In the course of distributing the PVCs last week at Igueben, Some PDP thugs came to forcibly hijack PVCs from the officer that was distributing them at a school in Igueben and he ran into the residence of the PDP leader. Those PVC cards were recovered by the DSS.

“As we speak many militants have been imported into Edo state and the security agents are aware of this. For us we are ready for the election but we know that PDP has perfected plans to unleash violence. If you watch their public pronouncements, Ize-Iyamu has talked about cancellation and inconclusive elections.

“As we speak I do not know what has been done about the EO that made the data capturing machine available for illegal registration in private residence. We want a peaceful environment to be able to get our people out to vote.”

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  1. I expect to see a prefix like the "biggest thugs" in the history of Nigeria. APC and their blame game as usual. Each time they speak they often back the statements with high figures in billions and they use prefix like the biggest.

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  2. The Nigerian system is the one that eulogizes the crooks but dishonours the just, otherwise people like Oshiemohle can never come close to where he is today. The north makes use of him, Patrick Dele Cole, some Yoruba Islamists eg Arigbesola,some Igbo maniacs eg Okorocha and their south south collaborators eg Amaechi to draw Nigeria back. Any day the southern Nigeria unites and says enough is enough, who is that Hausa man that can stand on the way. Its a pity that the north succeeds every time to sow seeds of discord among the various ethnic groups in the south and deep all the good things Nigeria federation holds. Therefore I call on the southern Nigeria ethnic groups to unite and set s date every person will show his/her desire to restructure Nigeria. Let's see how it will not work. What's happenings to the southern Nigeria is a shame

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  3. Oshiomole you are a mad man. Enough of APC or third term agenda you are your cohorts.

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  4. Oshiemhole again always creating tension with his liars but we are wiser now APC full of liars and deceits. (SAMMY)

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