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Edo govt faults APC’s state of emergency call

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
31 December 2021   |   3:42 am
Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Andrew Emwanta, has said the call by the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a state of emergency in the state should be directed to the Federal Government...

Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Andrew Emwanta, has said the call by the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a state of emergency in the state should be directed to the Federal Government, under whose rule, Nigerians are slaughtered and maimed on a daily basis across the country.

Emwanta, in a statement, in response to a press conference by the Edo APC, yesterday, noted that the issues raised about governance and development by the party was not only a slap on the faces of citizens of Edo State, but a sign of selective amnesia.

He said: “Edo State, as of today, is perhaps the most peaceful place to live in the entire country with incidences of crime and criminality in the state over the last three months nearing almost zero, and the APC dares to call for a state of emergency in the state, when it superintends over a Federal Government under which Nigerians are slaughtered and maimed on a daily basis all across Nigeria.”

“Can Edo APC not see that their call for a state of emergency should be more appropriately directed to a Federal Government, which they lead, that has reduced the value of Nigerian lives to near nothing,” Enwanta queried.

Identifying some landslide achievements recorded under the Governor Godwin Obaseki administration in the state, Emwanta said: Our programmes, reforms and initiatives are targeted at improving the quality of life and placing them at the centre of our politics. The vituperations of APC and their minions will never in any way derail this sacred mandate given freely by the majority of Edo people in September last year.”