The Edo PDP accused the governor of manipulating local government elections.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State on Thursday urged the Federal Government to withdraw the national honour, Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), bestowed on Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
The Chairman of Edo PDP, Dan Orbih, said in Abuja that the call had become necessary following the governor’s interference in the recent local government elections in Edo.
He urged President Goodluck Jonathan to strip Governor Oshiomhole of the national honour as a deterrent to other national honours winners who might want to engage in such dishonourable acts.
Submitting a protest letter requesting the withdrawal of the national honour to the leadership of the PDP, Mr. Orbih said, “Gov. Oshiomhole does not deserve the honour.’’
In a swift reaction, Kassim Afegbua, the Special Adviser, Media and Public Affairs to Governor Oshiomhole, while reacting to the call on telephone, described Mr. Orbih and his team as those who lacked morality.
He added that Mr. Orbih and his team were not competent to discuss issues of honour and morality.
He said that the calls were deliberate distractions which the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, would not be dragged into.
Mr. Afegbua further said that the PDP should go to court and challenge the local government election results if they felt aggrieved by their outcome.
The PDP leadership had criticised the outcome of the April 20, elections in which the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) won all positions.
Olisa Metu, its National Publicity Secretary, at a news briefing on April 29, rejected the results of the elections describing the exercise as a mockery of democracy.
He also said that the party would challenge the election results in court as the elections were allegedly manipulated against the PDP.
Mr. Metu said that what happened at the Edo council elections was “a mockery and a threat to the country’s democracy’’.
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