Abuja - The Edo State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed concern at the deteriorating security situation in the state occasioned by the heightening alleged political intolerance under the Governor Adams Oshiomhole-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
The party in a statement signed by its chairman Chief Dan Osi Orbih was alarmed by the Tuesday night attack by loyalists of Oshiomhole on an elected member of the State Assembly, Razaq Momoh.
He was allegedly attacked for dumping APC for the PDP.
“According to eyewitnesses, APC thugs led by Phillip Shuaib, Governor Oshiomhole's leg man in the State House of Assembly, stormed Hon. Momoh's official residence at Legislators' quarters, Ihama Road, Benin, with dangerous weapons which they unleashed on the lawmaker. We strongly condemn this bestial attack which is a reflection of the growing desperation of the Oshiomhole APC-led administration in the face of its fast dwindling political support,” Orbih said.
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He added that in a democracy, the right to freedom of association is sacred and must be respected by all.
“We call on the Inspector General of Police to bring to book all those involved in the dastardly act of the near-assasination of Honorable Razak Momoh.”
The party sympathizes with Momoh and his family on the attack and prayed for his speedy recovery.
PDP also appealed to their members to remain calm and be law-abiding amid provocation.
“We appeal to our members to remain calm and be law-abiding in the face of the unwarranted attacks by goons of the APC, while we await official police action on the matter. We call on Governor Adams Oshiomhole to rise above party lines and become governor of all. We advise him to stop all manner of incivility and persecution of persons who do not subscribe to his political ideology and actions.”
The party alleged that Oshiomhole, who could not be reached for comment, stoked the division in the state Assembly by relocating APC lawmakers to a section of his office in Government House, Benin.
“We also note with disappointment, how Governor Oshiomhole recently presented his 2015 Appropriation Bill to APC lawmakers in a section of his office. We believe that Governor Oshiomhole's acts of commission and omission is aiding and abetting members to subscribe to impunity.”
– CAJ News