By Stephen Mmabukwem
A Senior Special Assistant on Media Affairs to Edo State Governor, Mr. John Mayaki, has accused the state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of plots to blackmail Governor Adams Oshiomhole in the build-up to the 2016 governorship election.
Mayaki, in statement, claimed that the state PDP had orchestrated dubious political machinations to instigate Christian and Muslim faithful in state against Oshiomhole.
He alleged that the state’s PDP Chairman, Dan Orbih, was out to fan the embers of bitterness against the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the governor. He described the move as Orbih’s recent trend in malicious plots to denigrate and blackmail the APC and Oshiomhole.
According to the media aide, the purpose of the new tactics was to paint the government as an enemy of the Church and the Muslim communities in the build-up to the 2016 governorship election, saying, “Orbih alleged, weekend, that Oshiomhole stopped the Muslim community from accessing the stadium for a scheduled programme and that the government marked over 60 churches in the Government Reserved Areas, GRA, Benin City for demolition. For me, this recent ploy by Orbih is symptomatic of the drowning man and the fast drowning party, the PDP. If anything, it exists in Orbih’s imagination. The state government and Oshiomhole have a good and cordial relationship with the various religious bodies in the state and hold them in high esteem.
“Importantly, Orbih’s recent approach, after series of failed attempts by brandishing fake vouchers to incite the people against the government is to show how desperate his party wants to occupy Osadebey Avenue. For me, this is actionable and I urge the good people of the state, both the Muslims and the Christians alike to condemn it.”