Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has asked the Inspector General of Police, IGP Muhammed Adamu and the Director-General, Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi to arrest the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for holding political rallies in the state in spite of the ban placed on such activities by his Administration.
Obaseki spoke through his deputy, Comrade Philip Shuaibu on Monday in Abuja said a petition to that effect would be submitted to the relevant authorities later in the day.
According to him, the party’s national chairman should be arrested for inciting violence in the state, adding that since Oshiomhole cannot go and hold an APC rally in an APC controlled state without the consent of the sitting governor, he cannot also hold same in Edo without the approval of Gov. Obaseki.
He said; “I am in Abuja to meet with the IG. I have a petition to the IG and to the Director of DSS to the effect that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is arrested by the Police and be arrested by the DSS for the breakdown of law and order that he has consistently perpetrated in Edo state. We banned rallies, the IG in a letter also suspended rallies. He disobeyed the orders of the state government, he disobeyed the orders of the IG and feels that he is above the law.
“For us, we have officially come now to drop our petition with the IG to the effect that Oshiomhole is not above the law, he should be arrested for violating the state government’s order. He was a governor before and he knows that nobody violated his orders as governor, because it is not about him, it is about the state. When everybody disobeys laws, then the country becomes the Banana Republic, God forbids. And that is why we are saying that the IG and the DG of DSS should arrest him and interrogate him for breaching the peace and disobeying government orders and security orders for rallies.
So, for us, when the suspended national chairman of the party continually disobeys the law, when opposition party chairmen do same, he becomes a reference point, so that is why I am here on behalf of the state government to submit a petition to the IG to the effect that the suspended chairman, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole be arrested and prosecuted for breaching the peace of Edo state”, he added.
The state government also replied allegations that the governor was planning to eliminate the national chairman, saying on the contrary, it was Oshiomhole who once boasted of controlling an infantry.