Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of bringing thugs into the state ahead of the party’s primary and the September 19 governorship election in the state.

Obaseki said while the other parties conducting primary elections in the state have informed the state government about their readiness to comply with the COVID-19 guidelines except for the APC.

Obaseki said this in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie.

The governor said the APC brought in the thugs to threaten the peace and security in Edo state.

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The statement reads “The Edo State Government is calling on all political parties holding primary elections to restrict themselves to conduct their activities within the protocols and regulations provided for in the Edo State Coronavirus Quarantine Regulations and the Government’s Gazette on political gatherings during this pandemic.

“These guidelines were issued in fulfillment of government’s statutory duty to ensure the protection of lives and property in the state, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

“However, we note with concern that all the political parties conducting primary elections in Edo State have notified the government of their readiness to comply with the extant laws and COVID-19 regulations, except the All Progressives Congress.

“The APC appears resolved to carry on with the conduct of their primary election in violation of the Edo State COVID-19 Quarantine Regulations and the State Government’s Gazette on political gatherings in a pandemic.”

“We also have it on good authority that these persons have imported thugs into the state to actualize this illegality, further threatening the peace and security of our dear state.

“In light of this, we want to state unequivocally that the Edo State Government will spare no expense in upholding the law and protecting the lives of our people. We will ensure we identify and prosecute anyone who engages in this illegality and their collaborators, should they proceed with this unlawful conduct.”

Governor Obaseki dumped the APC recently and joined the PDP on Friday, June 19, 2020.