– APC’s governorship candidate, Ize-Iyamu, has asked security agencies to unmask those behind violence in Edo state
– INEC is conducting governorship election in the state on September 19
– Ize-Iyamu accused the PDP of causing chaos in the state ahead of the poll
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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, has asked security agencies and the Nigeria Police Force to unmask the identities of the suspects arrested in connection with campaign violence.
The Nation reports that he said he would not perpetrate violence to win the governorship election because he was not desperate for the office.
Legit.ng gathered that Ize-Iyamu alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was trying to raise a false alarm to scare voters from coming out on September 19, in order to write results.
He said the APC would win in the 18 local governments.
Ize-Iyamu, who spoke at an interactive session with the media in Abuja, said he was worried that PDP had been perpetrating violence but the suspects had not been unmasked.
He said: “There are worries. I have had cause to complain about the destruction of my billboards. I reported to the police and the Department of State Security Service, but nothing happened.
“What I find more worrisome is the violence the PDP and its supporters perpetrated and put the blame on the doorsteps of the APC.
“I appeal to security agencies to arrest those involved in this violence. Let the security agencies disclose the names of suspects that have been arrested, including some of those who have been taken to Abuja.”
Ize-Iyamu said if Governor Obaseki enjoys immunity, his supporters do not enjoy immunity, adding that the security agencies should release the list of those that have been arrested for violence.
“What they (PDP and supporters) are trying to do is to raise the alarm so that our people won’t come out en masse to vote in order to go and write results. Our people should not be frightened; they should come out to vote.
“We will win in the 18 local governments. On what basis are we going to resort to violence? Our campaign has been issue-based. We have a SIMPLE agenda, which we are selling to the people of Edo state. We will not engage in violence,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that seven lawmakers loyal to Governor Obaseki were granted permission to serve an order of substituted service to the other 17 lawmakers loyal to Adams Oshomhole.
The seven lawmakers had in a suit with number FHC/PH/CS/100/2020 asked the court to stop the police and attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, from giving protection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers.
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