Nyesome Wike, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman of the Edo State governorship election National Campaign Counci,l has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC), is attempting to impeach Godwin Obaseki, having realised that he cannot be defeated at the forthcoming governorship election.
Speaking to journalists on Friday, the Rivers State governor said it is the reason why some lawmakers-elect in Edo were sworn in at the private residence of Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC gubernatorial candidate, in order to effect a change of leadership in the state house of assembly.
Wike called on President Buhari to prevent the breakdown of law and order in the state ahead of the election, and direct his party to play by the rules.
“An invalid assemblage of absentee Lawmakers-elect with no legitimate claims to the membership of the House of Assembly cannot lawfully convene in the Ugbowu private residence of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC Governorship candidate, to effect a change of leadership in the Edo State House of Assembly.
“Consequently, the purported impeachment of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker is a mere charade, completely a futile act that exists only in the imagination of the evil perpetrators and their co-travelers.
“It is now clear to all discerning minds that what is playing out in Edo State is an orchestrated script by the sinking opposition APC to intimidate the PDP and illegally impeach its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, having seen clearly that they cannot win the September 19, 2020 election without any miracle.
“We, therefore, call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the International Community to prevail on the APC to stop the needless violence, play the game by the rules and allow the people of Edo State to freely elect their Governor,” he stated.
He also noted that the September 19 governorship election poses a very serious threat to the survival of democracy in Nigeria.
According to him, Nigerians should hold the APC and its candidate responsible, if there is a breakdown of law and order in Edo State.
Wike added that the PDP will resist every attempt to unlawfully remove Obaseki from office, or rig the governorship election.