The Governor Godwin Obaseki-led Edo State Government has warned Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu against the use of his house for the mega rally of a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Naija News reports that top members of the APC from Abuja are set to hold a mega rally to receive Osagie Ize-Iyamu and hundreds of his supporters, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
However, Philip Shuaibu, the deputy governor, had written to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, asking him to stop the rally because it could trigger violence.
Responding, the IGP directed the Commissioner of Police in Edo State to ensure that the rally is suspended.
But the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole had urged his supporters not to get discouraged, adding that he would find out the next line of action.
It was gathered that organisers of the mega rally had moved the event to the private residence of the 2016 governorship candidate of the PDP, Iye-Iyamu along Ugbor-Amagba road in Benin City.
Reacting in a statement, the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, warned that any private residence used for the purported rally will have its Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) revoked.
“Having received security advice from the office of the Inspector General of Police. The state government places a total and complete ban on any political rallies, demonstrations or processions in any part of the state,” the statement reads.
The SSG stated that security agencies are expected to deal firmly with all persons no matter how highly-placed who will act in breach of the directive.
The Edo State government also warned parents and guardians to also advise their children and wards not to be allowed to be used by anyone as cannon-fodder in the aid of misguided political ambition.