Benin, July 19, 2020
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo has said that the party, nor the state government were responsible for the removal or damage of the billboards of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
Mr Chris Nehikhare, the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, said this while briefing the media in Benin on Sunday.
The APC in a statement signed by the Director of Publicity of the Ize-Iyamu campaign organisation had on Saturday raised the alarm that the campaign billboards of its candidate, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu in the state were being destroyed and pulled down.
The statement had further alleged that the PDP and the state government were responsible for the act.
However, Nehikhare has described the allegations as frivolous and unsubstantiated allegations against the PDP and the State Government, insisting that the party and the Edo Government were shocked at the development and condemn the act.
He added that in view of this, the Edo Government has put the security agencies on notice to ensure that the perpetrators of the act were apprehended, while also advising the APC to look inward among themselves.
According to him, “It is a known fact that there are factions in the APC in the state, perhaps the factions in the party could be responsible. Let me make it categorically clear that PDP or the State Government have no hands in the destruction or damage to billboards posted by APC.
“We condemn the act. However, we advice APC to look inwards as it is common knowledge that the APC is seriously divided, and populated by known factions that exist within it.
“It’s laughable that the APC will contemplate that PDP or its Government would pay attention to its posters or billboards without messages and want them destroyed or damaged”.
The Publicity Secretary further said that the PDP and the Edo Government could not be blackmailed or distracted by the allegations, adding that Edo people were too politically sophisticated to fall for such.
“We will concentrate on our agenda of ‘Resetting’ Edo for a better and brighter tomorrow and not loose sleep over the baseless allegations”, he said.