In Edo ‘APC knows it will lose elections,’ PDP speaks on proposed postponement

Security agencies in the country have urged INEC to postpone the Edo polls for security reasons.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is pushing for the postponement of the Edo governorship elections because it is afraid of losing.

Security agencies in the country have urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the polls, originally slated to hold on September 10, 2016, for security reasons.

The PDP’s comments were contained in a statement released by spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

The statement reads:

“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 on excuse of insurgency alert.”

“We are taken aback on 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 his party, the APC in Benin city, which was concluded without any hitch.

“It is on record that INEC recently conducted a hitch-free senatorial by-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.

“We are calling on the President, Muhammadu Buhari to caution the security agencies and direct them to provide full security, and also to desist doing anything that will jeopardize 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.  We hope that this advice from the security agencies are not in concert with the APC of having seen the indices of losing the Edo State Gubernatorial Election to the PDP.”

PDP candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu is set to go against the APC’s Godwin Obaseki in the governorship polls.

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