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Okowa Tackles Oshiomhole Over Election Violence Allegation

2023: Okowa Tackles Oshiomhole Over Election Violence Allegation

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has berated the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, over an allegation that Governors contribute to electoral violence in the country.

Naija News recalls that Oshiomhole had blamed state governors for the level of violence that usually trails election periods in the country.

Oshiomhole claimed that many Governors secretly back the hoodlums and political thugs who disrupt the election process, adding that the weapons used by the criminals could not be easily gotten.

He said this on Tuesday at a citizens engagement programme hosted by YIAGA Africa and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Channels TV.

Reacting, Governor Okowa refuted the claim that governors participated in electoral violence and harmed thugs to disrupt the electoral process.

Okowa, speaking through his Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, said he has never been involved in electoral violence and will not be attached to such vices.

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, however, asked Oshiomhole to tell Nigerians if he did during his tenure as governor of Edo state.

He said: “We don’t perpetrate electoral violence. Perhaps that was what he did when he was governor.

“I think Oshiomhole is in a better position to explain that. Oshiomhole is a former governor. I don’t know whether he perpetrated electoral violence when he was governor.

“Oshiomhole should think of managing the abysmal performance of the APC, rather than trying to distract us with such accusations; he should come to the right lane.”

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