…the duo are seen in a viral video clip allegedly plotting to arrest certain people ahead of Edo election
Nigeria’s opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest and investigate the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his Chief of Staff (COS), Prof. Ibrahim Gambari over a viral video clip which allegedly captured the duo plotting to arrest some people ahead of Edo Governorship election.
Sahara Reporters in a report alleged that Oshiomhole in the purported leaked video walked quickly at the Presidential Villa making statement such as, “Arrest…deal with and the whole…will change.” And in response, Prof. Gambari said, “We will go beyond.”
According to the PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the APC-led government is obviously scheming to arrest some prominent personalities of the PDP ahead of Edo polls scheduled to hold next month.
“Nigerians and the people of Edo now know those to hold responsible should there be cases of illegal arrests, assassinations and unexplained killings, sudden disappearances of prominent people, accidental discharge by federal security operatives and mysterious accidents in the course of the Edo governorship election,” Ologbondiyan said.
“The PDP National Campaign Council on Edo governorship election charged President Buhari to reassure Nigerians by immediately ordering that Oshiomhole and Prof. Gambari be pulled in for questioning over the video.”
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However, the presidency has debunked the allegations describing it as, “an ingenious patchwork of mischief extracted from an innocent conversation focused on the emerging incidents of violence in the run up to the election.”
While reacting to the video, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu said: “It is very important to strongly dispel misguided messaging amongst commentators, right activists, advocates and journalists who have been reacting to a trending short video clip, alleging that the Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and Chief Adams Oshiomhole, the former All Progressives Congress chairman had hatched a plan to arrest opposition individuals ahead of the September election in Edo State.
“It is equally a fact that various political parties campaigning in Edo have labelled accusations of violence against one another. In such a heightened state of uncertainty, responsible leadership must ensure that elections are conducted in a peaceful manner and if warranted, judicious use of law enforcement to protect lives and properties of citizens is mobilised thus preventing criminal elements from subverting the democratic process.”
The Presidential spokesman also said that President Buhari does not support violence of any form and will not hesitate to let justice have its way against perpetrators of such.
“Equally important is that the persons in the video, Prof. Gambari and Comrade Oshiomhole have a history and track record of working to protect the roght s of Nigerians and humanity of all walks of life, and especially the poor and the marginalised; and as such will not be found encouraging any conduct that runs counter to these values,” Shehu added.