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PDP demands withdrawal of policemen from Edo assembly

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A team of policemen stand in front of Edo State Assembly on Thursday, August 6, 2020. PHOTO: TWITTER/PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to immediately stop what it called the invasion and attempt to forceful takeover the Edo state House of Assembly by illegal security operatives.

At an emergency press briefing on Thursday presided over by PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party submitted that “the invasion and illegal occupation of the state legislature by security agents allegedly deployed by the sacked national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole,” is a direct coup against the democratic order of Edo state and a recipe for anarchy, chaos and bloodletting.

“We urge the Inspector General to act with dispatch to curb this nefarious situation, which has heightened tension in the state, and if not halted, may result in a bloody clash as the citizens are already charged to defend their symbol of democracy from a forceful takeover.” PDP alleged.

The PDP charged the police hierarchy to note that “this provocative and lawless act by the APC is part of its plans to overheat the polity and create a security situation with the view to unleash violence on the people, derail the democratic order in the state and blame it on security agencies.”

The PDP stated it condemned “this notorious resort to self-help by the APC and their agents to forcefully takeover power in Edo state through the back door.”

“Our party has been informed that the plot is to use the illegal security operation to seize the processes of the House of Assembly and illegally inaugurate certain individuals whose seats have been lawfully declared vacant with plans to use them to pull down the democratic structure in the state,” Ologbondiyan added.

The PDP said it has also been made aware of grand plots by Oshiomhole, working in alliance with the impeached Deputy Speaker of the Edo state House of Assembly, to import a fake mace, cause anarchy and then push for the imposition of a state of emergency in the state, seeing that they cannot win the forthcoming governorship election.

The PDP charged the IG to wade in and immediately withdraw the illegally deployed security officers and protect democracy and peace in Edo state.

“Our nation cannot afford to have a breakdown of law and order in Edo state at this critical time as such is capable of having a spiral effect on other states in the Niger Delta region, which will further result in dire consequences to our nation.


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