Edo State deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, Saturday afternoon cried out over alleged plot by the opposition to assassinate some notable members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in the state ahead of the September 19 governorship election.
Raising the alarm at a press conference, Shaibu said it became imperative to notify the citizens of the state and the entire world of what the state was going through at the moment.
According to him, “It is just to bring to the notice of Edo people and also to the entire country that we have intelligence that some individuals are in Edo State courtesy of the former National Chairman of APC and the names of these individuals and their mode of entry are communicated to the security agencies. And they have the information.
Their assignment is to come and assassinate some known individuals in the state. I am hereby bringing to the knowledge of the general public that these people are in town; we have communicated to the security agencies about their activities and why they are in town and also to use this medium to call on Mr. President to also call on the security agencies to do their work because Edo is not going to be a theatre of war. And for us, we will continue to appeal to our people not to look for trouble, not to disrupt any programme; we are law abiding.’
Shaibu said he had asked the PDP members not to take the laws into their own hands. Describing the people of the state as law-abiding citizens, Shaibu asserted that the government had the sole responsibility of protecting the lives and property of its citizens.
“We have the duty to protect lives and property and that we will continue to do, but just to bring to the entire nation and Edo State the intention of these individuals and the police, the State Security Service have been communicated. And the names of these individuals have also been communicated to the security agencies”, he said.
But reacting to the allegation, Victor Oshioke an aide to Adams Oshiomhole, the former governor and immediate past national chairman of APC said “There is no truth in that. Why will he want to kill anybody? Oshiomhole contested election twice and he did not kill anybody. He preached against violence. They want to drag Oshiomhole’s name into the election. PDP and Philip know that they have not performed so they are reducing their campaign to Oshiomhole.
“You can see that even today at the rally, he still spoke against violence. Philip is sure of defeat for him and his party. Nobody will kill him, but he and his party will surely be defeated on September 19th”