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PDP Threatens Street Protest Over Detained Members In Ovia

Posted: Aug 24, 2016 at 6:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Francis Onoiribholo



Dan Orbih, Edo State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday in Benin raised the alarm over what he described as “wanton and unwarranted arrest of members of the party in the state merely because they are members of PDP” and threatened that the party will embark on a peaceful street protest if the victims are not released as soon as possible.

Orbih addressing supporters at a campaign rally held at the Depot at Ogbeson quarters near Benin City, said the current situation in Okada, Ovia North East Local Government Area where 13 PDP youths were arrested on trumped up charges was unacceptable.

It would be recalled that two weeks ago the youths from Egbeta, a rural community near Okada, were arraigned before a customary court by the state attorney-general for alleged assault and threat to public peace and for reportedly assaulting a civil commissioner.

But hardly had they been arraigned before the court on these varying charges than the state attorney-general and commissioner for justice substituted the charges  against them midstream.

“This very week is the last we will allow the Edo State attorney-general to change the charges against our members midstream. If it happens again we will take to the streets to protest the arrest of PDP members by the APC government”, Orbih declared.

In a related development, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has promised a better equipped accident and disaster response machinery in the state if elected as governor.

He said under his ‘Simple Agenda’, he plans to provide enough functional ambulances in all of the eighteen local government areas and in strategic communities as part of efforts at quick response to disasters in the state.

The candidate was addressing the annual accident, disaster management and leadership training of the Red Cross in Edo State held at the Divine Wisdom Educational Complex at Oghe-ghe in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state.

“We will assist the Red Cross with regular subventions that will enable them engage in regular training programmes for their members locally and even internationally”.

According to Ize-Iyamu, who is an associate member of the Red Cross who was the only governorship candidate who attended the event out of the 19 in the state, the role of Red Cross cannot be ignored in any society hence government must partner with them.

Ize-Iyamu, who was also endorsed on Tuesday as the candidate of the Electrical Dealers Association of Nigeria, Edo State branch at a meeting held at their Igbesanwan Street secretariat in Benin City, assured traders of the state of an economic environment where they will be able to make enough profit.

He said it was only in such atmosphere that was conducive for businesses to thrive that government can be confident to introduce taxes that are humane and realistic and in the interest of the business community.

He then assured the traders that if elected governor he would review the existing tax regime in the state to remove multiple and punitive taxes and facilitate access to small and medium scale enterprises loan facilities for businesses.