The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Campaign Council for the Edo State Governorship Election, Governor Nyesom Wike, has condemned the illegal invasion of the Edo State House of Assembly, by political thugs of the All Progressives Congress, APC, vowing that, “the PDP would resist every attempt to unlawfully remove Governor Obaseki from Office, or rig the September 19, 2020, Governorship election”, .
Addressing Journalists in Port Harcourt, on Friday, the Rivers State Governor also described the purported impeachment of the legitimately elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, as null and void.
His words: “An invalid assemblage of absentee Lawmakers-elect with no legitimate claims to the membership of the House of Assembly, cannot lawfully convene in the Ugbowo private residence of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC Governorship Candidate, to effect a change of Leadership in the Edo State House of Assembly.
“Consequently, the purported impeachment of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker is a mere charade, completely a futile act that exists only in the imagination of the evil perpetrators and their co-travelers.
“It is now clear to all discerning minds, that what is playing out in Edo State is an orchestrated script by the sinking opposition APC, to intimidate the PDP and illegally impeach its Candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, having seen clearly that they cannot win the September 19, 2020, election, without any miracle.
“We, therefore, call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the International Community, to prevail on the APC, to stop the needless violence, play the game by the rules, and allow the people of Edo State to freely elect their Governor.”
Governor Wike stated that the PDP had raised the alarm that the APC is not ready for a free and fair contest, and would use violence with the backing of Federal might, to rig and claim an unmerited victory.
He warned that ours is a fragile democracy, and the warlike approach of the APC to the Edo election, poses a very serious threat to the survival of democracy in Nigeria.
According to him, Nigerians should therefore, hold the APC and its Candidate responsible, if there is a breakdown of law and order in Edo State.
Governor Wike added that the PDP would resist every attempt to unlawfully remove Governor Obaseki from Office, or rig the September 19, 2020, Governorship election.