Edo Palace gate attack was a plot to kill PDP Leaders, Govs – Orbih

By AdvocateNews on 26/07/2020

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• APC operatives have no reason to be there at the gate, says Orbih 

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has described the Saturday mayhem at the palace gate of the Oba of Benin as an orchestrated attempt by the All Progressives Congress, APC to eliminate its national leadership including visiting governors that were guests of the monarch.

While noting that the APC did not have any activity in the neighbourhood, the party accused the APC of masterminding crisis with the prospect of setting up inter-state conflicts on the premise of threats against the visiting governors.

While calling for a high powered investigation, the PDP in the statement issued by its national vice-chairman, South-South, Chief Dan Orbih, flayed the desecration of the palace by those he accused to be APC operatives.

While observing that there was no official APC activity as to warrant the massing up of the APC loyalists at the palace gate, Orbih said:

“The invasion of the Palace Gate by armed APC Youths was a well co-ordinated assault by the leadership and Sponsors of Edo APC to eliminate the National leadership of the PDP and all democratically elected Governors of PDP that were expected to be with the Governor.

“This action to my mind was aimed at throwing the country into crisis. The security breach must be investigated and all those connected with it must be arrested and tried in accordance with the laws.

“The APC organised attack at the Palace is in our view a political mutiny, against constituted authority, capable of causing interstate conflict and war between Edo state and the affected states of the Governors that were marked down for elimination.

“There have been several videos in the cyberspace where these thugs have been instructed, directed and motivated to intimidate and cause chaos and mayhem in the state.

“The security agencies must swing into action to bring all those connected with the incident to book.

“Choosing the Palace to unleash their evil plans is an abomination and a total disrespect to our Royal majesty and highly respected traditional  institution.

“We condemn the attack and wanton destruction of PDP members vehicles and property by these hooligans in broad day light in the vicinity of the Palace of our revered Oba.

“I commend the leaders and members of EDO State PDP and supporters for their maturity yesterday. Who restrained themselves from retaliation in the face of unwarranted attacks and hostilities.

“I want to assure them that the party will not fold its hands and watch members attacked and killed because of their support for Governor Godwin Obaseki.”

Posted 26/07/2020 4:34 PM


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