Friday, 23 September 2016

PDP writes NBA, international community over Edo State Gov. Oshiomhole [READ MORE]

Updated 24 September, 2016
The People’s Democratic Party in Edo state has pleaded with the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) as well as the international community to call Governor Adams Oshiomhole to order as the state moves closer to a governorship election on September 28. 

The party also urged the public to help beg the federal government to ensure that the exercise is not compromised. 

Vanguard reports that in a letter to the President of NBA and copied to several international organisations, the party pleaded with the federal government to demonstrate good sportsmanship. 

It reminded the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of how it benefited from such sportsmanship in 2015. 

According to the letter signed by the publicity secretary of the party in the state, Chris Nehikhare, the party alleged that Oshiomhole was making use of the police, the office of the attorney-general, as well as the state revenue service to harass, arrest and persecute its leaders. 

The letter stated that Oshiomhole was doing this to the advantage of the governorship candidate of the APC, Godwin Obaseki adding that the state government had dragged the PDP to court over alleged non-payment of tax by staff of the PDP secretariat. 

“The state chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, who apparently is the prime target of the litigation is mentioned as the defendant. 

“The APC led government wants Chief Orbih remanded in prison custody during the remaining period of the campaign and on election day.

“We see the disingenuous attack on Chief Orbih as a calculated attempt to throw the PDP in disarray and to manipulate the minds of our teeming supporters who are in the majority among the Edo electorate. 

We know that this resort is an exercise in futility. “The grand design of the APC is to subvert the will of the people and if this is not checked it may spell grave consequences for the state,” the letter read. 

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