The All Progressives Congress, APC in Edo State has condemned Tuesday’s demolition of properties of some of its chieftains by the state government. The Edo APC said demolition has become a tool by Governor Godwin Obaseki to silence critics in the state. Three of the allies of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the former national chairman of the APC were affected.
The party in a statement on Wednesday morning said it was sacrilegious that the government went ahead with the demolitions despite the fact that the revocation of the Certificates of Occupancy was still being contested in the courts by the affected persons.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG had reported the demolitions on Tuesday with those affected including the immediate past deputy governor of the state, Dr. Pius Odubu, the member representing Owan Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives and also a former Secretary to the State Government, Professor Julius Ihonvbere and Mr Mike Itemuagbon, a Sports Enthusiast, all located in, Benin City, the State capital.
Before the three, the party also recalled the demolition of a hotel belonging to another Edo APC patron, Mr Tony Kabaka Adun.
Responding to the development on Wednesday, the APC in a statement issued by the State Publicity Secretary, Chris Azebamwan and made available to GreenWhiteGreen GWG said:
“No doubt, it is part of the governor’s ‘Make Edo State Great Again’ agenda to regularly and wilfully demolish properties belonging to perceived opponents, and dissenting or critical voices in the state, in the bid to foist a siege mentality on the citizenry.
“It is on record that Governor Obaseki had earlier this year revoked the Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) of the various properties, but the demolition carried out while the case is in court, is unacceptable because it amounts to a subversion of the rule of law.
“The proper thing is for the state government to wait for the outcome of the court process but apparently because it knew that it was pursuing an illegal agenda, it demolished the properties.
“We urge Governor Obaseki to perish the idea of trying to use false claims and propaganda to justify this wicked act, as such cannot hoodwink Edo people from the truth. We also reject this constant invasion of citizen’s privacy and demolition of their properties, as it is not only wicked, but cowardly; it is a direct recipe for crisis in our state.
“We caution against future action in this guise, because it is borne out of hatred and political intolerance in furtherance of the larger plot by the PDP and its administration to destroy the fabric that binds Edo people, and eventually overheat the polity,” Edo APC said in cautioning against the use of demolition to silence critics.
“We dismiss the latter-day reasons given by the Edo state government as dastardly, baseless, false and incongruous, because they fail to justify the unwarranted invasion, harassment of these innocent citizens who once served the state meritoriously, and demolition of their properties.
“Edo people know how that the PDP and its government is unduly hounding, harassing and demolishing properties of citizens for daring to be among compatriots at the forefront of the quest to rescue our State from misrule and strangleholds of a cabal, that do not mean well for the people.
“The Edo APC stands with Dr Odubu, Professor Ihonvbere, Mr Tony Kabaka and Mr Mike Itemuagbon, and cautions the State Government to henceforth steer clear of the properties belonging to APC members.”