The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that supporters of both parties clashed on Saturday around Ring Road area in Benin, the state capital.
The PDP leadership and the National Campaign Council for the Sept. 19 governorship election in the state had visited the palace to infor the Benin Monarch, Ewuare II, about their presence and mission in the state.
Trouble started when some persons alleged to be supporters of the APC’s governorship candidate, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, booed Gov. Godwin Obaseki, leading to the clash that left some people injured.
Orbih said, “I condemn the unfortunate incident that took place yesterday in the course of the official visit of governors and members of the PDP National Campaign Council, to the Palace of our Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, Ogidigan.
“I want to place it on record that the visit was officially communicated to the palace and the various security agencies.
“In the entourage were PDP leaders, the party’s national chairman, members of the national working committee, Governors of Rivers, Sokoto, Delta, and of course the host Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
Also, the National Vice Chairman, Media/Communication Committee, Ize-Iyamu Campaign Council, Patrick Obahiagbon, at a news conference in Benin, accused the Edo Government and the PDP of being responsible for the violence.
“On Saturday, July 25, the governor’s army of thugs descended on protesters at the entrance of the palace of our great king.
“This sent many to the hospital with gunshot wounds, because they dared to express their rejection.
He alleged that the Edo Government, under the guise of flagging off its campaign invited “tax collectors” to deplete the resources of the state.
He added that with seven weeks to the governorship election, violence in the state was unacceptable and urged security agencies to rise up to thier responsibilities.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Chinyere/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
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