By Simeon OSAJIE
The Edo State Chapter of the Labour Party (LP) has raised alarm over alleged plans by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to cause chaos in the strongholds of the party in the state.
This, the party claimed will lead the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with no option than to cancel the votes in those areas across the state.
The Edo State Chairman of the party Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi revealed the alleged PDP plans shortly after meeting made up with the State Executive Council (SEC) members at the party secretariat in Benin City.
According to Ogbaloi, the disaffection will be so much that it could lead to fight between supporters of the two political parties at the polling units and this by implication will compel INEC to call for the cancelations of these units across the state.
“We also discussed matters of the opposition parties who have been on our heels, especially in the period now when it is discovered that they have all been at the receiving end.
“It has been clearly analyzed by the experts within our society that come Saturday February 25, Labour Party will be coasting home to winning in all that we have put into this elections.
“It is envisaged that Labour Party is the only party to be beaten because all other political parties, especially the PDP and the APC have personally inflicted themselves with severe injuries which case, they are not likely to fully recover before the elections are over.
“So, it is based on this information that we deem it fit to put the record straight before the press that, information reaching us which are clearly coming from sources that are undisputed is that, the PDP has design a process of causing chaos in the next elections across Edo State.”
Going further, Comrade Ogbaloi added that while they are calling on their party supporters to remain calm despite the provocation by the opposition party, they are also calling on the security agencies to swing into action by nipping the situation at its bud.
“So, we are calling on our teeming supporters to be level headed as we go into the polls on Saturday February 25.
“You may be provoked but slow to anger because we must win this elections.
“We are also using this medium to inform the law enforcement agencies that this information is very ripe. They mean to do it, so the law enforcement agencies should take firm notice of this and ensure that we are protected as a party and also ensure that miscreants are kept away from the voting areas across the state.
“The authorities concern should also ensure that those who are planning this evil acts are arrested and kept behind the bars before, during and after elections,” he appealed.
Reacting to the allegation, Edo State Commissioner of Communication and Orientation, Mr. Chris Osa Nehikhare said the Labour Party allegation is baseless, adding that the Labour Party always want to be on the news to draw sympathy from the public.