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PDP rejects ‘security advice’ to postpone Edo governorship election

07 September 2016, 18:09

Abuja - The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as shocking, bizarre and confusing, purported advice by the Department of State Service (DSS) and the police to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.

A statement issued on Wednesday by the spokesman of the Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said the advice was predicated on purported security threats during the poll.

Also read: DSS, Police call for Edo poll cancellation

The party expressed surprise that the said security alert was coming a day after President Muhammadu Buhari visited Benin City, the Edo State capital for the All progressives Congress (APC) mega rally, where there was no incidence of security breach.

The statement reads in part “Our attention has been drawn to the shocking breaking news of the advice by the DSS and the police to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the Saturday, September 10, 2016 gubernatorial election in Edo State over insurgency alert.

“We are taken aback by this advice, coming a day after the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, was present at the mega rally of its party, the APC in Benin City which was concluded without any hitch.

“It is on record that INEC recently conducted a ‘hitch free’ senatorial bye election in Borno State, which is a high-point of insurgency in the country but the security agencies saw no reason to call-off the election.

“It is therefore lamentable to hear from these same security agencies that the election cannot be held in a state where in less than 24 hours, the President and the APC leaders and members had an uninterrupted rally.

“We are calling on the President, Muhammadu Buhari to caution the security agencies and direct them to provide full security and also desist from doing anything that will jeopardise this forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo State.

“We are equally counting on INEC not to succumb to this false alarm by acting independently and holding election as scheduled.”

- News 24


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