PDP Slams Oshiomhole over 8,000 Thugs Allegation: Where, When Were They Registered?

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, over his allegation that PDP registered 8,000 thugs from the neighbouring states to cause mayhem in the governorship election coming up in the state on September 28.
Oshiomhole had said on Friday that some Governors in the South-South have perfected plans to rig the governorship election in Edo State and about 8,000 militants from those states are now registered in Edo for the September 28 governorship election.
Speaking while receiving the Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim at the Government House, Benin City, Oshiomhole said, “our opponent unable to find local thugs to help them perpetrate violence which they have done between 1999 and 2007 when I took over, resorted to liaising with my brothers in the sub-region, Delta and Rivers, in particular, to export criminals and militants into the state in order to make peaceful election impossible.”
Reacting to the claim, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, said the allegation was lacking in basic truth test.
Adeyeye queried: “In the first instance, we wish to ask Gov. Oshiomhole the following pertinent questions, where and when did the PDP register the so called militants?
“Were they registered by INEC? If not which organisation registered them? Were they registered as voters or as Observers?
“For what purpose? And when did Oshiomhole suddenly discovered the registration of the alleged militants?
“These are the pertinent questions Gov. Oshiomhole should answer,” Adeyeye said.
Adeyeye recalled that the same Oshiomhole had alleged that over six billion dollars was found in the account of a former Nigerian Minister.
He said that Oshiomhole made the allegation after returning from an official visit with President Muhammadu Buhari from USA.
Adeyeye said that the Governor had said that it was one American official that told them about the alleged money while they were in the United State.
“Neither the President nor any other member of the official delegation said they heard any such statement.
“Mr Oshiomhole kept on repeating this lie until an American embassy officials had to publicly repudiate him.
“Yet the Governor offered no public apology for misleading Nigerians,” Adeyeye said.
The National Publicity Secretary , however, warned against any attempt to tamper with the state’s voters register.
He added that nor should such be used to embark on unwarranted arrest, harassment and intimidation of PDP members in Edo state.
“The security agencies must recognise that their responsibilities are to the entire people of Nigeria and not only to one political party,” he added.

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