Edo State Governor and candidate for the Action Congress of Nigeria in Saturday’s governorship election, Adams Oshiomhole, has defended the deployment of the military in the state for the election, saying it is the best thing to make the election safe, free and fair.
In a broadcast to the state on Thursday, Oshiomhole said only people who intended to foment trouble during the election should be worried about the deployment of soldiers in the state.
“The army is here to deal with trouble makers. The only people who need to be worried are those who intend to cause trouble,” he said.
“I have every confidence that this election will be so free as if we are celebrating Christmas. So, don’t be scared. The army are there as your friends. They are Nigerians.”
“As the governor of Edo State, I believe we need the army to complement the efforts of the police. I remember that under our ‘Operation Thunder Storm’, the army has since been involved in complementing the efforts of the police to provide internal security.
“So, don’t allow anybody to fool you that army is going to harass you, to prevent you from voting. No! The army is here to assist you so that your vote will count,” he added.
He therefore urged the people to welcome the soldiers to their villages and turn out to vote in the election.
“When a government is elected by the people, it will be accountable to the people and will work for the benefit of the people. If you do not vote, you leave the field for manipulation,” he said.
Meanwhile, Prominent lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to withdraw the soldiers deployed in Edo State for the governorship election. “Since the deployment can not be justified under the Constitution, the President and Commander-in Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, should withdraw the armed soldiers for the Edo State governorship election,” Falana said.
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