The All Progressives Congress Media Campaign Council in Edo State accused Godwin Obaseki, a candidate for governor of the People’s Democratic Party, of importing gang members to cause violence.
Obaseki Accused By APC
The opposition party noticed that the smuggled thugs had been transported to Edo from neighbouring PDP states.
A statement by the Chairman of the Council, Mr John Mayaki, said: “Busses filled with strange faces were seen entering Benin City, the capital of the State of Edo.
Busses with unidentifiable registration numbers have been sighted around Ring Lane, making their way to the Government House, Benin and other major cities in the three Senate districts.
“While their task may not be immediately clear, the intelligence report indicates that the manner and nature of the entry, the direction of the busses and all-male occupants justify allegations that Governor Obaseki is recruiting hoodlums and on a task to set the Edo State on fire with violence.
“Busses, Toyota products, have been shipped to the city suspected of being bullies in groups which, according to a credible intelligence gathering, are now camped at the Government House for preliminary briefing and training before being dispatched for election.
The Special Adviser to Governor Obaseki on the Media and Communication Policy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, made a false statement by the APC that the gangs were being transported to the Government House.
Osagie, who made a comment in a statement released in Benin City, said: “Convinced that his opponent, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is no match for Governor Obaseki, APC is lying and propaganda in its bid to cancel or postpone the September 19 election.”