Chris Steven, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lashed out at the immediate former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomole accusing him of vendetta for deposit the Ojuromi of Uromi, Anselm Edenojie, for supporting its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, at the recently concluded Edo state gubernatorial election.
Condemning the deposition, the party called on the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government to return the monarch to his position.
The opposition party in a statement by its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, described the action as part of despotic reign of Oshiomole as governor of Edo state for the past eight years.
“The deposition is further evidence of favouritism and despotic reign of Adams Oshiomole as governor of Edo state for the past 8 years. It is also evidence of the desire of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) to destroy all constitutional and traditional institutions, as well as the constitutional rights and freedom of the Nigerian people in its bid to establish a one Party state.
“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria empowers all Nigerian citizens to support, associate with and be affiliated to any political party and candidate of their choice.
“It is a well known fact that several traditional rulers demonstrated open support, and in fact campaigned for the APC candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
“This obvious bias, and nepotic willingness to destroy constitutional and traditional institutions that do not display obvious support for the tyrannical and anti-people programmes and policies of APC is ripping the democratic gains of the past 16 years in shreds.
“We urge all well meaning Nigerians to prevail on H. E. Godwin
Obaseki, the newly sworn in governor of the state to reverse this obnoxious deposition he inherited from his predecessor by restoring the Monarch to his original position before he was wrongfully deposed.” PDP said
The party also urged Nigerians to prevail on APC at various national and state levels to refrain from destroying institutions and individuals who exercise their constitutional rights and freedoms.