The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described as wild the allegation by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo that it registered 8,000 militants for the forthcoming election in the state.
This is contained in a statement signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, on Saturday in Abuja.
Mr. Adeyeye said in the statement that the allegation was not only wide but totally unreasonable and baseless.
“We wish to ask Governor Oshiomhole the following pertinent questions, where and when did the PDP register the so called militants?
“Were they registered by INEC? If not which organisation registered them? Were they registered as voters or as Observers?
“For what purpose? And when did Oshiomhole suddenly discover the registration of the alleged militants?
“These are the pertinent questions Gov. Oshiomhole should answer,” Mr. Adeyeye said.
Mr. Adeyeye recalled that Mr. Oshiomhole had alleged that over six billion dollars was found in the account of a former Nigerian Minister.
He said Mr. Oshiomhole made the allegation after returning from an official visit with President Muhammadu Buhari in the U.S.
Mr. Adeyeye said the governor had said it was one American official that told them about the alleged money while they were in the United States.
“Neither the President nor any other member of the official delegation said they heard any such statement.
“Mr Oshiomhole kept on repeating this lie until an American embassy officials had to publicly repudiate him.
“Yet the Governor offered no public apology for misleading Nigerians,” Mr. Adeyeye said.
The national publicity secretary, however, warned against any attempt to tamper with the state’s voters register.
He also cautioned against unwarranted arrest, harassment and intimidation of PDP members in Edo.
“The security agencies must recognise that their responsibilities are to the entire people of Nigeria and not only to one political party,” he added.