CP plotting my arrest, Edo APC chair cries out

The Edo State Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Jarrett Tenebe, has appealed to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun to rein in on the alleged excesses of the State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, accusing him of using state’s instrument to plot his arrest by the police.

He described the move in the petition to the Nigerian Senate and police as a desperate attempt to use the State Commissioner of Police, to silence the voice of opposition parties in the State, ahead of the gubernatorial election in the State billed for September 21, 2024.

The petition was addressed to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Senate Committee chairman on Police Affairs, and chairman of the Police Service Commission, following his invitation by the police over alleged violent conduct.

According to the petition, “I am the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Edo state chapter and have the honour and privilege to bring to your attention the high level of intimidation and harassment been orchestrated by the Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki.

“While it’s safe under the Freedom of information Act that anyone who feels dissatisfied with any policy implementation of the government at any level can ask questions about same, Edo state governor does not see to the effectiveness of any opposition to his government policies.

“To make good his threat of strangulating any opposition, he deploys all forms of security apparatus within the state both conventional and self created, to carry out his vindictiveness.

“I have been informed at my party secretariat that in my absence, police brought an invitation for me to be interviewed by the commissioner of police over a petition written against me by the governor.

“Information at my disposal is that the governor has ordered the police to lay siege at my party secretariat where we are to perform the inauguration of our campaign council tomorrow with a view to arresting me just to score a political point.

“I thereby solicit your timely intervention by transferring the said case if any to your office for a discreet investigation. I count on your esteemed office in doing justice to this unwarranted harassment”.

Mr Tenebe was arrested by police over illegal possession of firearm, a claim he denied vehemently, years ago before he was elected as Chairman of APC.

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