By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja （Sundiata Post）- Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has condemned the All Progressives Congress sponsored Hooliganism against Senator Senator Matthew Urhoghide at Benin Airport on Friday.
PDP which said it had prior knowledge that the APC thugs kitted in Black had been mobilized from government house, infirmed that it is another evidence of the disdain and intolerance with which the APC government views the legislature and opposition voices.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the SPS, PDP Edo State, Chris Osa Nehikhare sent to Sundiata Post.
The statement reads in full：
Edo PDP condemns in the strongest terms the display of State Sponsored Hooliganism as enacted by APC members who were kitted in black after recruitment in government house. The execution of their dastardly plan was carried out in the presence of the Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Yesterday, Friday, April 27, 2018, Distinguished Senator Matthew Urhoghide in the presence of Gov Godwin Obaseki was attacked by APC led government sponsored thugs as he disembarked from the plane that brought him from Abuja.
We were informed when the flight was airborne that APC thugs kitted in Black had been mobilized from government house with a mission to invade the Benin airport and their target was Distinguished Senator Matthew Urhoghide.
In the presence of the governor, who draws N400m monthly from the state security vote, these thugs kitted in black by Edo state government, attacked Senator Matthew Urhoghide, a former state woman leader and our youth leader. After observing and supervising the attack, with a smirk on his face, the governor, Godwin Obaseki, climbed into his Jeep and gave a fist pump in approval and solidarity with his thugs for a mission accomplished.
This act is another evidence of the disdain and intolerance with which the APC government views the legislature and opposition voices. In their glaring failure, they exhibit executive rascality, misplaced power arrogance and obvious ignorance of constitutional rights and roles of the three arms of government.
Arising from the ugly event at the airport, It is now obvious that the APC govt at state and federal level are fast losing grip in the act of governance. In their desperate efforts to cling on to power, they have resorted to state sponsored hooliganism.
Senator Urhoghide cannot be cowed, intimidated or harassed. Senator Urhoghide will continue to carry out his constitutionally assigned role as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Edo PDP will send a report of this ugly incident to the police for investigation and necessary action.
We appeal to our teeming members in Edo South senatorial district to remain calm and law abiding while the police are carrying out their investigation.
Chris Osa Nehikhare
SPS PDP EDO STATE