The Peoples Democratic Party National Campaign Council for Edo state governorship election has replied the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over his attack on Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Tinubu had attacked Obaseki, berating and accusing him of gravely assaulting democracy and making a mockery of the Nigerian constitution.
He said Obaseki’s governance of Edo has been a throwback to the worst excesses of Nigeria’s military past and represents a direct threat to the democratic order, describing him as an errant, ill disciplined governor and a dictator, who has been contemptuous of the people of Edo state.
But the PDP, in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, Secretary, Publicity Sub-Committee
National Campaign Council, said the whining by Tinubu has further validated allegations that the horrendous attempt to seize the Edo legislature has the fingers of the APC leadership for their personal reasons.
“Our Campaign notes that Asiwaju’s position also confirms allegations that some people in the APC are bitter with Governor Godwin Obaseki because he (Obaseki) refused to allow the APC cabal to have access to Edo treasury as well as his refusal to foist illegal levies and taxes on the people.
“Our Campaign stands with the people of Edo state and Governor Obaseki in their firm decision not to allow certain APC interests to impose and collect suppressive levies and taxes from house owners, school proprietors, hotel owners, taxi drivers, okada riders, market women as well as artisans who are struggling to make a living in Edo State.
“The APC cabal is distraught because Governor Obaseki will never compromise or mortgage the welfare and wellbeing of the people of Edo state, hence their desperate attempt to foist their stooge on the state.
“It is however imperative for leaders like Asiwaju not to allow himself to be dragged into putting personal and group pecuniary and political interests over and above the collective interest and wellbeing of the people of Edo state,” it said.