•‘Thugs imported to attack Obaseki’
Some youths from Edo South Senatorial district have insisted on the
recall of Senator Matthew Urhoghide if he fails to withdraw the motion
for the impeachment of President Mohammadu Buhari.
Senator Urhoghide, last Friday, said he did not move a motion for the
president’s impeachment but for the Senate to invoke Section 143 of
the Constitution, which deals with the processes to follow for the
impeachment of the President and Vice President.
Urhoghide insisted that President Buhari violated Section 80 of the
Constitution by purchasing 12 Tucano aircrafts without the Senate’s
But the youths, under the auspices of Edo South Youth Coalition
(ESYC), challenged Senator Urhoghide to respond to their query that he
did not consult with his constituents before moving the motion.
They urged Urhoghide to stop blaming people not from his constituency
as being responsible for his ordeal at the Benin Airport.
A statement by Comrade Ehis Odaise insisted that those who protested
against Urhoghide were his constituents.
The statement reads: “We call on Uroghide to respond to the issues we
raised in our protest and stop dragging the Deputy Governor and the
Chief of Staff, who are not even from Edo South, into the issue.
“We demand that Senator Matthew Uroghide withdraws his statement
totally as the 48 hours for his recall ends today (yesterday). We
believe in proper representation and have nothing to do with Chief of
Staff to the governor.
“Edo State remains an APC state under Governor Godwin Obaseki, who is
committed to bringing good governance to the people as desired by
President Muhammadu Buhari.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) and Senator Matthew Urhoghide of importing thugs to the
Benin Airport to attack Governor Godwin Obaseki.
It said the thugs were imported on the guise of giving a rousing
welcome to Urhoghide for moving a motion to impeach President
The party said it sent spies to investigate reports that thugs had
invaded the airport at a time the governor was expected to arrive from
A statement by the Secretary, Lawrence Okah, said comments by Senator
Urhoghide and the PDP that the government promoted violence was
The statement reads: “We heard last Friday that militants have taken
over the airport and we became scared because we were expecting our
governor that day. We thought it was a joke until we those sent to spy
reported that they were Urhoghide’s thugs; and we also saw some PDP
“„e began to wondering when it has become a tradition for militants to
be stationed at our airport, particularly when our governor is being
expected, under the guise of waiting for Urhoghide. And particularly
when we are aware of the plots by PDP to cause mayhem in the state and
attack the governor, if possible assassinate him due to their
frustration of being out of power.”
But the PDP, through its spokesman, Chris Nehikhare said: “The APC
thugs were actually at the airport to assassinate Senator Urhoghide.
The APC thugs were aggressive. It was obvious they were mobilised and
they had a mission to accomplish. Our people were at the airport to
welcome Urhoghide after moving such a motion at the Senate.”