Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has raised the alarm over plans by some unscrupulous opposition politicians to import thugs from neighbouring states to foment trouble during the September 10 governorship election in the state.
Oshiomhole made this allegation when he received the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Benin City, Mr. Adeyinka Kolawole Sodipo, in his office.
The governor called on the police to ensure a credible electoral exercise.
He said: “All we need is a level-playing field. We have information about people from some neighbouring states under your Zone who are planning to locate to Edo for the purpose of the election.
“Some were deployed in the state to register during the continuous voter registration exercise so that they can come and cause trouble on the day of election.
“We have a huge challenge in having to ensure that thugs are not imported from the neighbouring states to cause mayhem and discredit the election. I believe that an enabling playing field can be achieved, regardless of an individual or group that plots to undermine the process”.
Gov. Oshiomhole also warned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, against conducting an inconclusive election in the state.
In his remarks, Sodipo commended the governor for the cordial relationship existing among people and security agencies in the state.
“This is a critical period in the Niger Delta and Edo State”, he stated, adding “We will provide level playing ground for all parties to operate in the state”.