The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Sep. 19 Edo governorship elections, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has denied the accusations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following the shootings that reportedly occurred on Thursday, August 13, 2020, during the PDP campaign rally.
The PDP blamed the APC for the violence that took place at their rally, however, Ize-Iyamu said his party has been nonviolent during its campaigns across the state and would never be involved in fierceness. The APC candidate denied the claims at a press briefing in Benin, after viewing the footage of the incident that occurred at Apana, Etsako-West Local Government Area.
“We heard of so much violence during the PDP rally in Etsako-West and they are accusing us of the destruction and shooting, saying APC is causing trouble. We did not go near their activities; we did not destroy any of their billboards and have no hands in any of the violence that took place at their rally. We don’t believe in violence and have no intention to encourage our members to be violent.
“We have eyewitnesses of people who committed the act at Apana, Etsako-West. There is no time that we or our followers have destroyed property belonging to the opposition parties. We have been the ones that have complained about the destruction of our campaign billboards,” said Ize-Iyamu.
He also added that the party would follow up with security operators to make certain that the culprits are disciplined. “Petitions have been written while we intend to follow up. We have a list of people involved. They were not policemen, they were known thugs of the PDP,” stated the APC candidate.