Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Mr
Chris Azebamwan, has described the feeble attempts by the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to make cheap political capital out of
herdsmen attacks in the state as antics of a party “clutching at straws in
vain attempt to find political relevance.”

In a statement in Benin City, on Wednesday, Azebamwan, said that it is
despicable that the PDP in Edo State is politicising herdsmen attacks and
other security issues confronting the country by isolating the state and
attempting to hoodwink the people to think ill of the Governor Godwin
Obaseki-led administration.

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According to Azebamwan, “The PDP is being mischievous and economical with
the truth if it accuses Governor Godwin Obaseki of dereliction of duty with
regards to security. But as is to be expected. The PDP continues to clutch
at straws in a vain attempt to find political relevance and save itself
from inescapable oblivion.”

He said, “Governor Godwin Obaseki remains the chief security officer of the
state and he has proven to take the responsibility of protecting lives and
property in the state very seriously. Even while the state governor goes
about acting his role as the chief security officer in the state, we cannot
deny the fact that Edo State is a microcosm of the Nigerian state.”

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Noting that there was need to put the issues in proper contexts, Azebamwan
said, “The scourge of armed robbery, kidnapping and rampaging herdsmen
which are peculiar security challenges confronting several parts of the
country cannot be dealt with by Edo State in isolation of the 35 other
states in Nigeria. Edo State boundaries do not amount to solid barriers to
prevent movement from one to the other.”

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He continued, “The Governor Obaseki-led APC administration has continued to
provide logistics support to the security agencies in the state, the most
recent being the provision of Hilux vans, motorcycles and sundry security
equipment within the week.

“The recent spike in security lapses has since been brought under control
with the adoption and implementation of new security initiatives by
Governor Godwin Obaseki.”