Edo Election: APC Caretaker Chairman, Ize-Iyamu Meet With President Buhari

The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, and the APC Governorship candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Friday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

President Buhari urged the party to avoid the experiences of Rivers, Bayelsa and Zamfara States.

He charged the party leaders and campaign team to do all that is necessary, following legal and constitutional means, to win the election.

The President called on the party leaders to avoid the pitfalls that affected the party’s victory in Rivers, Zamfara and Bayelsa States in the 2019 elections, pointing out that with the resolution of the “acute crisis’’ in the party in Edo State.

He said he was optimistic that the party will regain its pride of place in winning elections, and serving the people, thereby asking party leaders at the national and state levels to follow the electoral process in an open and transparent manner.

“What I want is a transparent process so that the confidence of the people will be strengthened.’’

Also in attendance at the meeting were the Governors of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, and Kebbi State Atiku Bagudu.

Police Take Over Edo Assembly

The meeting comes barely 24 hours after the Police took over the Edo State House of Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital.

Dozens of the security officials stormed the complex on Thursday while patrol vehicles were stationed there.

It was gathered that the police took the action following a reported threat of an attack on the facility.

The police officers were led to the Assembly by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Ayoola Ajala.

Those at the Assembly include operatives attached to the Police Mobile Force and Operation Thunderstorm.

Shortly after the police were deployed at the facility, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) also arrived at the complex.

Barely a day before the security operatives took over the facility, members of the Assembly impeached the Deputy Speaker of the House, Yekini Idiaye.

Idiaye was impeached during plenary on Wednesday and replaced with Roland Asoro, the lawmaker representing Orhionmwon II Constituency.

His impeachment came a few days after Idiaye and four other lawmakers declared their support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

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