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Edo: Oshiomhole Shuns IGP’s Directive, Insists APC Rally Must Hold




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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has insisted on going ahead with a planned mega raly in Edo State.

Naija News gathered that top members of the APC from Abuja are set to attend the mega rally to receive former governorship candidate Pastor 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 Oshiomhole urged his supporters not to get discouraged, adding that he would find out the next line of action.

“I know you are hurt with what we are passing through here but I want to plead with you don’t be provoked. Any reasonable party leader will be happy to welcome people from another party into his party,” he said.

“Particularly when those coming were people who fought us in the last election. And when you look at the margin then it was like 50,000. So we are in Benin to welcome them but you can see how their thugs are unleashing mayhem on people.

“But I want to tell you, APC is our house and we will not destroy it neither are we going to allow anybody to destroy it. We don’t want anyone to be killed so, please don’t fight back. Those who know me know that I am not a coward, I am not afraid of a fight. But I will not and I urge you to remain calm.

“We are getting conflicting report now, the IG ordered the Commissioner of Police to give us protection for our rally. But we are being told now that the same authority said it has been cancelled. But I am going to make calls and find out what the problem is if the police is saying they cannot protect a political rally.

“I will find out and let you people know. But even if they said we cannot hold it, please don’t fight anybody. I will meet them and find out when it will hold. But the rally will still hold someday… Nobody can shake our spirit. We will receive our brothers into the party to fortify our party.”

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and Editor at Naija News.