The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has cried out over alleged arrest of its members across the state. The party claimed the arrests were being carried out on the orders of the state governor, Godwin Obaseki.
But Osagie Crusoe, the governor’s media aide, in his statement on Thursday, said his boss had no hand in the arrests being carried out by the police which is an independent institution.
In a release by the director of communication and media of the Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu Campaign Organization, John Mayaki, the APC insisted that the arrests which begun in the night of Sunday, September 20, were clearly meant to hound and harass its supporters for no offence.
According to Mayaki, “We condemn the indiscriminate arrest of our supporters across the three zones of South, North and Central, and appeal to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to call the State Commissioner to direct police authorities to stay off Obaseki’s vengeful politics.
“While APC as a party is yet mourning the three lives of its members lost during the election, Governor Obaseki has continued to intensify campaigns of revenge against APC members and supporters, harassing and hounding them massively into police detention camps across the state, clearly on trumped up charges.
“It is worthy of note that Mr. Obaseki has been extending fake olive branch to members of our party across the state, while at the same time ordering arrests of those ones who prove stubborn and would not fall for his fake overtures.
“We hereby urge members of our great party and supporters across the state to remain calm and steadfast, even as processes are ongoing to bring the Obaseki madness to deserved rest”.
But pooh-poohing the allegation, Osagie said “The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has nothing to do with the alleged arrest of APC members in the state. The Police is an independent institution with a clear mandate to ensure the security of life and property in the country.
“The police is controlled by the Inspector General of Police in Abuja and it is wrong for the APC to accuse the Edo State Governor who is still relishing the victory given to him by Edo voters in the September 19 gubernatorial election, of ordering the arrest of its member.”