The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State has accused the Edo State government of issuing directives to public schools in the state not to allow it to use their facilities for campaign rallies.
It said it planned to hold a rally at the Olua Primary School along Uselu Road on Wednesday, but was denied the use of the facility by the management which cited a government directive for their refusal.
The Commissioner for Information, Kassim Afegbua, denied the allegation, saying the PDP might have failed to comply with the procedures for applying for and using public facilities for public campaigns.
The Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chris Nehikhare, told PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday that all schools his party approached turned down its request to use their premises for campaigns.
According to him, a similar situation occurred when the party sought permission to use the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium.
He said the action was the state government’s reprisal over the party’s expose on lies on funding of schools across the state.
“We had gone out to some parts of the state where we went to campaign and some of the schools we used in Edo North were in very bad condition,” Mr. Nehikhare said.
“We took pictures of the structures and showed them to the people as we campaigned across the state to prove that all the huge funds said to have been spent to provide red roofs for schools across the state was a scam.
“So they have decided not to allow us use the school premises anymore, we even heard that one of the principals who gave us her school was summoned.”
He however said the ban was a blessing in disguise, as it only made them to go closer to the people.
“We are now campaigning in market places and on the streets,” he said.
“It is a blessing in disguise and we are going to places where we would not have gone, meeting the people.”