Thugs and vandals loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party have once again decimated the campaign banners of the All Progressives Congress Candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
This destruction, according to a statement by the APC Campaign Office for the September 19 governorship poll, was conducted between Friday night and Saturday morning in Ward 4 of Oredo Local Government, Benin City.
In a statement by the Chairman, Edo State APC Media Campaign Council, Mr. John Mayaki, the party condemned the actions of the “vandals of the night”, asking why the PDP was “trying to bail water out of a sunk ship”.
Mayaki said, “Continuing its worrisome trend of violence and destruction by day and night, Governor Obaseki and PDP’s loyalists have damaged up to 70 campaign banners.
“If you remember, they left their campaign process and decided to start vandalising our banners and disrupting our rallies last month.
“Despite the peace accord that the governor, who has violated his constitutional oath, agreed to at the Oba’s palace, his thugs still did this.
“This is clearly a violation of what he promised at the Oba’s palace. What do they hope to achieve? What they’re doing amounts to going to a ship that has sunk to the ocean bed four years ago and bailing water out of it. It won’t work.”
Explaining further, he pointed out that “The governor actually has a campaign programme there today. I have top sources that told me that if the governor sets his eyes on any of our campaign banners anywhere in Benin city, especially Oredo, he becomes unhappy. There are people stationed around Oredo to tear down campaign banners of APC. Is that not the manifestation of schizophrenia?”
He expressed hope that the Governor would, for his own sake, stop these acts of destruction so that he would not invite a terrible curse from the palace on his head, as he stood before the Oba and promised to disarm thugs.