Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole yesterday accused the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, of doing everything possible to frustrate the Local Government election in the state.
The Governor recalled that the party had so far stopped the conduct of the election twice in Esan North East Local Government Area.
He claimed that the PDP was using the instruments of the Federal Government to harass and intimidate the voters.
Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony of the Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of Oredo, Ikpoba Okha and Esan West Local Government Areas in Benin City yesterday, the Governor said,“Twice, the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission, EDSIEC, tried to conduct election in Esan North East and twice the PDP disrupted it.
“When I swore in the first set of local government chairmen, I made the point about how the Hon. Minister of Works used armed mobile policemen, over a dozen, to intimidate the voters in Esan North East and subsequently compelled the DPO and the EO to announce the cancellation of the election and he went on television to ask how he could have disturbed an election that was not held.
“Let me repeat. I did not accuse him of undermining an election that was held, we accused him of illegally using the police, conniving with the DPO to order the postponement of the election. He caused the election to be postponed because he had no chance of winning,” he added