Edo guber: Oshiomhole warns Okowa, Wike against exporting thugs to Benin


   Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole yesterday warned his counterparts, Ifeanyi Okowa Delta State and Nyesom Wike of Rivers State that any attempts from them to disrupt or unduly interfere in the forthcoming Edo governorship poll would be sternly resisted by the people of the state.

Godwin Obaseki of Oshiomhole’s All Progressive Congress and Ize Iyamu of the Peoples Democratic Party
are major contenders in the race.

The election earlier scheduled for September 10 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has now been fixed for September 28, 2016 owing to unfavourable security reports that Oshiomhole later allegedly linked to Okowa and Wike.

Oshiohmole who was at the Presidential Villa to see Mallam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, for an undisclosed reason, told State House correspondents that Edo did not wish to experience violent election similar to those of Delta and Edo states.

“I was very specific to them, that my brother, Okowa and Governor Wike, these two states have had history of violence and deaths during every election.

“In Rivers in particular, they almost use blood instead of ink pad on election day, but in Edo State we have had to run credible election based on one man, one vote and they imported people to Edo, some of them have been arrested, some of them have been charged to court and they will be prosecuted.

“But my appeal to them is that they should be ashamed because we are all chief security officers of our states. If you are having the level of deaths and killings in Rivers and it is not bothering him and he wants to export that bloodletting tactics to Edo state, our people will resist.

“I also want to tell him that people who have exaggerated views of what they represent. A fish or a shark may appear powerful because it is inside the creek but when you move it to dry soil even babies can feast on it. So Edo is not like the creek that you have in Rivers.

“I want to plead with him, if he wants to send anybody, he should send his children, his own blood children, so that they can bear the full consequences of their father’s mes­sage.

“He has no right to pay token to other people’s children to go and die in Edo because our people are rugged and dogged.

“We are not in the creeks, if they move those guys who can dive into the water and do magic to the dry soil of Edo, they will learn the hard way what it takes to walk through the desert.

“We want to fight with PVC only, they must not import killers. If they do, they must bear full responsibility,”Oshiomhole said.

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