Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State has alleged that the hotel where state governor, Nyesom Wike, is being lodged in Benin, Edo State ahead of Saturday’s governorship election is under siege by several policemen.
According to Saharareporters, Chairman of the party, Akawor Desmond, disclosed this in a statement on Friday, September 18.
Desmond said the PDP will hold the Inspector-General of Police responsible if anything happened to the governor.
His statement reads:
The attention of the entire people of Rivers State has been drawn to the siege laid at the hotel where the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, is lodging while on official assignment in Benin, Edo State.
Recall that Governor Wike was appointed Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo governorship election; this is same position Governor Ganduje of Kano State occupies for his party, the APC.
Ganduje and Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State are all in Benin carrying out their assignment for the APC without any molestation or intimidation. In breach of the pledge they made, security agencies have decided to harass and intimidate Governor Wike who has not done any wrong.
May I on behalf of the entire Rivers people warn that we shall hold the IGP responsible for anything that happens to our governor.
In the same vein, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, also raised alarm over the harassment of governors of the party in Benin, Edo State by the police.
He said information available to the party indicated that the party’s governors were being harassed at the West End Hotel, Benin City where they are currently staying.
Secondus said this at an emergency press briefing, in Abuja, on Friday, saying;
We have information that governors of the APC, including the governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma and the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege are staying at the house of the former APC National Chairman, Adams Oshimohole.
But our own governors who are staying at the West End Hotel in Benin City are being harassed by policemen.
The Policemen have surrounded the hotel and their lives are in danger. We call on IGP to ask the police to leave the place because their lives are in danger.
If APC governors are in Benin, the PDP governors should be in Benin. Our governors would remain in Benin, no one can intimidate us.
We are bringing this to the attention of the international community. Elections must be free elections must be allowed to hold.