The People’s Democratic Party in Edo State has urged the Nigeria Bar Association and the international community to call Governor Adams Oshiomhole to order.
It said the will of Edo people should be allowed to be freely expressed and the outcome of Wednesday governorship election accepted by all.
The PDP also call on all promoters of democracy to impress on the federal government to direct all organs responsible for the conduct of the Edo election to ensure that the election is not compromised directly or indirectly, before, during and after.
A letter to the President of NBA and copied to several international organizations, the PDP urged the federal government to demonstrate good sportsmanship, having recently been a beneficiary of an election conducted by an incumbent administration.
The letter signed by State Publicity Secretary of the party, Chris Nehikhare accused Oshiomhole of deploying the police, the Attorney-General’s Office, and the State Revenue Service to harass, arrest and persecution of leaders of the PDP.
Nehikhare alleged that Oshiomhole opted to deploy the state agencies having realized that it had not perfected its plan to rig against its governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
He said the state government has dragged the State PDP to court over non-payment of tax by staff of the PDP Secretariat.
His words, “The State Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, who apparently is the prime target of the litigation is mentioned as the defendant. The APC led government wants Chief Orbih remanded in prison custody during the remaining period of the campaign and on Election Day.
“We see the disingenuous attack on Chief Orbih as a calculated attempt to throw the PDP in disarray and to manipulate the minds of our teeming supporters who are in the majority among the Edo electorate. We know that this resort is an exercise in futility.
“The grand design of the APC is to subvert the will of the people and if this is not checked it may spell grave consequences for the state.”