pdplogoPRESS RELEASE: 26-09-2016

We have observed comprehensively and viewed with disgust and palpable
apprehension, the overbearing manifestations of what can best be
described as outlandish propaganda, political shenanigans, brazen
impunity and an authoritarian agenda of hostile, selective and
dictatorial intimidation, meted out in audacious installments by
Governor Adams Oshiomhole and his All Progressives Congress, APC, Party, not only to the loyalists and interests of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo state, but indeed on the good and great people of Edo state, all in a evious yet calculated effort to instill fear amongst the populace and scare away legitimate election observers, with the dubious intent to subvert the electoral will of the people and engender a political conundrum in the aftermath of the September 28, 2016, Edo state Governorship election.
These numerous incidences, perpetrated as it now seems, with the full consonance and compliance of the security agencies in Edo state, have
not only provided topical references for news reportage both on mainstream print and electronic media as well as online  platforms, but at the same time, portends a dangerous adventurism by an out-going potentate with the inherent potential of truncating the democratic process and retarding the impressive gains of our democracy both in Edo state and nationally.
We refer to several well documented acts, including the dramatic postponement of the Edo guber polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and Security agencies on a flimsy and unsubstantiated security threat
excuse, the several unprovoked arrests, harassment and detention of PDP chieftains, loyalists and faithful in
Edo state, the deployment of a senior Police officer from Edo state for insisting on doing the right thing, the speed with which confessed APC Militants have been released from custody with a pat on the back, while innocent Edo citizens have continued to be incarcerated for refusing to be labelled as APC members, the continued detention of some journalists in the state and the transfer of several senior journalists with a national television network out of Edo state, for providing balanced coverage of political
activities in line with the ethics of their revered profession and most disturbingly, the recourse to violent attacks on PDP assets and Personnel, the worst of which was the shameful assault on the gentle, elegant and cerebral Dr. (Mrs.) Idia Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the Edo state first lady in-waiting, while on the campaign trail.
The list of such acts of desperation by suspected Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the  All Progressives Congress, APC thugs, cronies and
acolytes in the months, weeks and days
preceding the Edo state Governorship election, both pre and post
postponement of the polls, is endless and we wish to place on record that as a responsible political party and indeed in recognition of the existential historic bonding between Edo state and Delta state, we have brought our observations to the court of public opinion and submitted our case to our brothers and sisters in Edo state to be so informed and prepared, so that their mandate  will not be cunningly
taken away from them again by the same combination of lies, cheap
propaganda and deceit, which has brought so much suffering and
hardship on Nigerians in the last 15 months.
While noting that the dramatic postponement of the Edo Guber polls
from September 10 to September 28, 2016, was as a very sad development for Nigeria’s democracy, we wish however to use this medium to urge both the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the Security Agencies deployed for election duties on September 28, to respect the
will of the people of Edo state and contribute positively towards
enhancing the deepening of democracy in Nigeria, by ensuring that they
redeem their image and win the trust and confidence of Edo people and
Nigerians, by being impartial, non-partisan and apolitical in
conducting a free and fair election, where the will of the people will
be upheld and accepted, through their votes.
We have noted with great satisfaction, the excellent performances of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, not only on the campaign trail but indeed during the Governorship debates, where he clearly articulated and presented his plans and governance agenda for the enduring development of Edo state through the brilliant SIMPLE Agenda, thus clearing any doubts about the commitment of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to take Edo
state to greater heights.
We have also been hugely impressed by the groundswell of endorsements
for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, from prominent Edo indigenes, revered traditional institutions, established professional groups and diverse
organizations and associations across the state, and these, coupled with the decamping of thousands of former APC members to the PDP are an overwhelming indication that the victory of the PDP, which was
already assured, has now been further consolidated in this period of
postponement and the people of Edo state are now fully prepared to
overcome the devious plot by the APC to truncate democracy in the
Against the backdrop of these superlative indices and indeed the
outpouring of overflowing love and goodwill for Pastor Osagie
Ize-Iyamu by Edo people, we want to unequivocally express our full
confidence, that despite the desperate efforts of Governor  Adams
Oshiomhole and the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo state, to
subvert the political will of the wonderful people of Edo state, we
have absolutely no doubts that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,
ticket of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Hon. John Yakubu, will win the
re-scheduled Edo state governorship election on September 28, 2016.
Our clarion call now is to charge INEC and the Security agencies to
stand with the people of Edo state, as well as enjoin our brothers and sisters, the great people Edo state to be collectively vigilant and law abiding, even as they monitor the distribution and movement of electoral materials on election day and resolve that they maintain full surveillance of the entire electoral process to ensure that any
effort to tamper with the elections is strongly resisted and their
votes for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu will bring victory, laughter, progress, development and freedom for Edo State.
Long live the great people of Edo state
Long live the great people of Delta state
Long live the PDP

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