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Soldiers guarding Oshiomhole should be fighting Boko Haram – PDP

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the drafting of soldiers to the Benin and Iyamho residences of the former All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

The party advised President Muhammadu Buhari to redeploy soldiers guarding the former governor to fight against terrorists instead.

This was disclosed by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, at a press briefing on Sunday where he said it was shameful and sinful that the Buhari presidency allegedly left people in Katsina, Kaduna, Benue, Yobe, Adamawa, Sokoto, Kogi and others states exposed to Boko Haram and bandits.


PDP accused the federal government of giving Oshiomhole cover to enable him to “perpetrate electoral heist.”

“Not even in the face of our current insecurity should such an impudent and inconsiderate action be considered,” he said while calling on Buhari to send the troops to their constitutional duty posts.

PDP further alerted that some people plan to use frivolous lawsuit to scuttle the September 19 governorship election.

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The spokesman said Nigerians are already aware that Section 87(10) (11) of the Electoral Act prohibits the courts from restraining the conduct of party primaries and general election by INEC.

“This Section of the Electoral Act has put paid to situations in the past, where groups or individuals who have no real stake in elections were used as cannon fodders by selfish individuals and groups to manipulate the courts and frustrate the electoral process against the interest of the people.


“It is, therefore, clear that the aim of APC is to use the political groups to drag in the judiciary, trigger constitutional crisis in Edo State, the Niger Delta region and the nation at large and blame it on the court.”

PDP added that APC’s calculation is a re-enactment of the similar judicial quagmire that led to the scuttling of 1993 general election which led to a serious national crisis that almost destroyed Nigeria’s existence.