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Edo warns Oshiomhole against flouting ban on rallies

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THE Political Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Osaigbovo Iyoha, on Tuesday, said the state government would continue to stop the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, from holding rallies in the state.


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He said the former governor of the state was violating government’s order banning rallies in the state.

Iyoha was reacting to the violence that erupted at the Auchi rally held to receive defectors from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party by Oshiomhole.

Addressing journalists in Benin, the governor’s aide said the ban on political rallies had not been lifted but Oshiomhole flouted the order and violence was unleashed on some persons.

He said the state government would no longer allow Oshiomhole to flout its order.

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Iyoha noted that Oshiomhole as governor would not tolerate anybody flouting his orders.

He insisted that the former governor remained suspended from the APC and all actions being taken by him were null and void.

He said, “Oshiomhole has become a lawless figure. He should desist from such activities. There is a ban on political rallies as announced by the Edo State Government and known by the police.

“The ban has not been lifted and he went ahead to gather people where they unleashed violence on the state.

“We will not allow that in Edo South. Nobody has the monopoly of violence. When Oshiomhole was governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun was the National Chairman of the APC. Never did anything like that happen.

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“Oshiomhole should not now start forcing such pills down our throat when he did not allow such to happen when he was in government. We want to sound a note of warning to him. He did in it Edo North and succeeded, he should not try it in Edo South.

“We have taken up the issues with the police. There is a government in place and it is law-abiding. You can see the wanton destruction of property and people injured during the rally.  It has become Oshiomhole’s stock in trade to come to Edo and raise a lot of hell.”

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