Connect with us

General news

Edo 2020: APC, PDP trade blames over supporters’ clash

Published

on

Edo 2020: APC, PDP trade blames over supporters’ clash

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo on Sunday traded blames over Saturday’s clash among their supporters.


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.

In a reaction, Chief Dan Orbih, Chairman, South-South Caretaker Committee, PDP, condemned the violence and alleged that it was masterminded by the APC.

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.

“I want to also place it on record that there was no official APC event in the palace or anywhere in Benin, that was so communicated in accordance with INEC guidelines,” he said.

Also, the Vice Chairman of the APC National Campaign Council, Patrick Obahiagbon, condemned the clash at a news conference in Benin.

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.

“Our plea to INEC, the police and other relevant stakeholders is to request the governor to allow the rule of law and a level democratic playing field to hold supreme,” he said

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)

Deborah Coker: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

Lagos, stakeholders seek sustained implementation of breastfeeding policy Gender activist advocates enforcement of policies protecting girls, women’s rights Draft document on protecting telecoms infrastructure awaits presidential assent — Pantami Gov. Oyetola inaugurates committee against gender violence Group seeks meritocracy for appointment of UI VC C’River water board dismisses 6 for non performance Taraba govt. sensitises citizens on exclusive breastfeeding INEC to clear materials for previous elections Australia opens first face mask testing facility Delta Govt to invoke laws against illegal structures COVID-19: WHO sends 40 health experts to South Africa Edo 2020: COVID-19 pandemic may disenfranchise voters — INEC WHO says Global COVID-19 death toll surpasses 700,000 UAE not restricting visa issuance to Nigerian visitors – Embassy CSOs call for end to GBV, enactment of law to protect househelps Osun NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel gets new chairman 517 Arizona prison inmates test positive for COVID-19 More than 60 evacuated due to possible glacier collapse in Italy LASEMA, stakeholders constitute committee on gas cylinder safety in Lagos German, Russian top diplomats to meet in Moscow Buratai calls for scientific, practical approach in management issues May & Baker records N438.9m profit after tax in 6 months Rwanda uses robots to protect doctors working with COVID-19 Patients – Minister NEMA says 14 LG in C’River prone to flooding Oyo Assembly to screen commissioner-nominee, Idowu-Oyeleke, Aug. 11 Unlatched containers: FRSC relaunches Operation Scorpion II in Lagos, Ogun We will resist attempt to illegally take over Edo Assembly, says Obaseki Oyo teaching applicants to write CBT test Norway tests cruise vessel crew and passengers for COVID-19 Police arraign 18-year-old over alleged armed robbery in Benue 9 Turkish lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 – Speaker Group advocates free education to reduce early marriage Sri Lanka’s ruling party takes early lead in parliamentary elections Man in court for allegedly stealing goods worth N11.2m Israel to begin tests of COVID-19 vaccine in October – official Parents raise concern about payment of 3rd term fee for virtual learning Marry truthful single mothers than pretentious single ladies, Nollywood actress urges men EU-Vietnam trade deal may help rescue European, Asian economies – Leaders Forum canvasses support for Okonjo-Iweala over nomination as WTO’s D-G COVID-19: Mozambique announces another 30 days of state of emergency 2 men in court over alleged destruction of customer’s phone screen Experts urge families, stakeholders to support breastfeeding mothers 2 pilots killed in plane crash in Egypt’s Gouna Airport COVID-19: Gombe Govt. to spend N2b on youth, women empowerment 2 men in court over alleged public nuisance charge Lithuanian schools to reopen normally NEMA warns Niger communities of impending floods Vatican rejects deviations from approved baptismal wording Flood: Give us good access roads, drainage channels, Community urges Adamawa govt. Adamawa to establish peace, conflict resolution commission