Osaro Onaiwu, the former Director-General of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum, has called on the police and Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest the Edo governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu after a video of the candidate’s meeting with thugs went viral on social media platforms.
Mr Ize-Iyamu, a self-styled pastor and priest was seen in the video, addressing a group of thugs whom he called “lions”. The meeting between Mr Ize-Iyamu and the lions was alllegedly organised by a certain Tony Kabaka, a political operative and member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who has been accused of various heinous crimes in Edo.
Mr Onaiwu said Ize-Iyamu’s alleged plan to ‘wreck violence’ in the Edo governorship election had been exposed.
He said Ize-Iyamu’s instruction to the men to move from one polling unit to the other during the election clearly violates the electoral act.
Onaiwu said the video had revealed Mr Ize-Iyamu’s plans to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the election.
He urged the law enforcement agencies to to save Edo people from the impending bloodshed allegedly being planned by Mr Ize-Iyamu and “his legion of political thugs.”
Onaiwu urged the law enforcement agencies to note that no political actor has monopoly of violence.
He further warned that unless Ize-Iyamu’s plans were curtailed, other political actors may be encouraged to violence in order to protect themselves during the election.