Edo guber race: 10 APC aspirants allege intimidation, purchase of PVCs for Obaseki
Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Primaries for the Edo Governorship Election, ten out of twelve aspirants vying for the exalted seat have alleged Intimidation, harassment of party officials and delegates in the state. In a letter addressed to the National Chairman and signed by the aspirants Pro. Osermiemen Osunbor, expressed the fear that the party’s primaries would not be a free and fair if nothing is done to curtail the situation.
The aspirants comprises Dr. Pius Odubu, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, Barr. Ken Imasuagbon, Arc Austin Emuan, Chief Blessing Agbomhere, Mrs Tina Agbarha, Hon. Emmanuel Arigbe-Osula and Comrade Peter Esele.
The letter read in part; “We the Undersigned being Governorship Aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Edo State Chapter having observed the Issues surrounding the forthcoming primaries on June 18th, 2016 have decided o issue the following statement. The letter also alleged that, “there has remained consistent harassment and intimidation of party officials and political appointees on account of their support for aspirants of their choice.
The aggrieved aspirants who said they appreciated the effort and concern of the National Leadership of the party towards resolving the ugly events that have been bedeviling the process leading to the gubernatorial primaries, however stated that the effort has nt yielded the desired result.
It continued: “the latest of these acts of impunity and desperation to win at all cost is the purchase and or collections of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) by force or inducement by agents of a particular aspirant with a view to undermining a free and fair process of nomination beginning with accreditation of delegates.