In a shift reaction to the DSS and Police advice, the national leadership of the PDP, has said that the ruling APC was afraid of defeat at the poll.
The party described the action of the Police and the DSS as “bizarre, shocking and confusing.”
The PDP, in a statement issued by its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said: “We are taken aback by this piece of advice coming a day after the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, was present at the mega rally of its party, the APC in Benin City, which was concluded without any hitch.
“It is on record that INEC recently conducted a ‘hitch-free’ Senatorial by-election in Borno State which is a highpoint of insurgency in the country but the security agencies saw no reason to call-off the election.
“It is, therefore, lamentable to hear from these same security agencies that the election cannot be held in a state where in less than 24 hours, the President and all the APC leaders and members had an uninterrupted rally.”
The PDP, however, called on the President to caution the security agencies and direct them to provide full security, and also to desist from doing anything that will jeopardize the forthcoming election in Edo State.
“We are equally counting on INEC not to succumb to this false alarm by acting independently and holding election as scheduled.
“We hope that this piece of advice from the security agencies are not in concert with the APC of having seen the indices of losing the Edo State gubernatorial election to the PDP,” the party said.
Also in a statement, the Edo state chapter of the PDP condemned the clamour for the postponement of the election.
The security agencies in their report were talking about planned attacks on densely populated areas during the Sallah celebrations on September 12 and 13, whereas Edo election is on September 10, the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Chris Osa Nehikhare, who issued the statement, lamented.