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Group Alleges Plot To Assassinate Its Leaders

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Posted: Aug 31, 2016 at 6:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Francis Onoiribholo


Abubakar Momoh Solidarity Movement on Tuesday alleged that it has uncovered a plot by agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to assassinate, kidnap or maim its leader, Abubakar Momoh, and some key members of the movement.

The group accused Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, of allegedly masterminding the plot following Abubakar Momoh’s recent declaration of support for the governorship candidature of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu for the September 10 election.

The group, in a statement in Benin by Ibrahim Mohammed, recalled that last week,  Abubakar Momoh led over 50,000 people across Edo North Senatorial District to declare support for Pastor Ize-Iyamu at a ceremony held in Auchi, the administrative headquarters of Etsako West Local Government Area.

According to the group, “We have it on record authoritatively that the governor has recruited some unknown thugs to get Hon. Momoh Abubakar out of his way at all cost who is now seen as his major obstacle in delivering Edo North to his party, APC. In his rabid desperation to achieve this sinister and dastardly act, the governor has energised the police to fish out anything incriminating to rope Momoh in.

“We are informed that the governor is working hard with the police to doctor the report on the police investigation into an assassination plot against Momoh in the 2015 general election where he contested as a senatorial candidate on the platform of SDP on which a petition dated March 31, 2015, was written on behalf of Hon. Momoh by his solicitors, Ibrahim Mohammed & Associates, on the strength of which the police eventually exonerated him and even requested the APC leadership in Edo North to go and make peace with him.

“On the strength of that petition, Agbor Aliu, Sunday Adogah and Freeborn, all of the APC, were arrested, detained and interrogated by the police at the force headquarters, Abuja and a prima facie case was made out against them but were never prosecuted.

“We call on the police not to allow themselves to be used by the desperate out-going governor to frame up innocent and law abiding citizens who are merely exercising their democratic rights to choose who to vote for freely at the election.

“The police, being a Federal Government agency sustained by the taxpayer’s money, must play a complementary role to guarantee free, fair and credible election”.

The group also condemned the situation where supporters of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu are framed up in murder charges and other felonious crimes to find justification in sending them to the prisons in order to prevent them from exercising their franchise.

It, therefore, called on the Attorney General of Edo State to go beyond partisan interest in the exercise of his prosecutorial powers against perceived enemies and or supporters of the opposition party.

“He must in the interest of the public discontinue the criminal proceedings against the 13 youths from Ovia Local Government Area who are currently on remand at the prisons on account of trump up charges of murder without justification. And lastly, we want to call on the people of Edo State to be eternally vigilant before, during and after the election.

“We urge them to come out en masse to vote for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who is the symbol of our crusade for the liberation of our people from the clutches of oppression, maladministration, victimisation and intimidation which the Adams Oshiomhole’s led administration has foisted on the people of Edo State in the last eight years.

“We want to assure you and the international community that Edo State is set to effect a change of government from the anti-people ruling party to a more popular government that would be led by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu through the sanctity of the electoral box”, it said.

Reacting, Prince Kassim Afegbua, Edo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, said, “Hon Abubakar Momoh should know that we play decent politics of issues and not blood-letting and kidnap. We like contestation of ideas and not that of contestation of bullets like the PDP.

“In a democracy, people are bound to make their choices and as government we have promoted good governance through our sensitisation and conscienscetisation programmes which have enabled the electorate to interrogate power.

“We cannot therefore condescend to the pedestrian level of witch-hunting anyone for having a different political viewpoint. What we know at doing is to punish our opponent with our thumbs during the election. And that we will do again and again,” Afegbua said.