Ex-Lawmaker blast Obaseki, says jackboot democracy’ll not work in Edo

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Former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Pally Iriase, has described comments by Governor Godwin Obaseki to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as unfortunate and an attempt by the repressive government to divert the people’s attention.

Iriase said the APC ought to be built and run on democratic principles adding that there was no room in the APC constitution for garrison tactics.

The former lawmaker said the governor is busy throwing comments at the chairman rather than point out his projects. He said that receiving defectors does not amount to anti-party activities and will not stop the party from growing.

His words, “Ever since we left the military, we have not seen this kind of repressive administration that gag political opinion. By now, Obaseki should be pointing out projects in my local government and several others and not this jackboot tactics.

“Obaseki has not performed. That is what he should know. In the first nine months, Obaseki earned N57bn, what he would have achieved with that amount will be obvious to the eyes and loud to the ears.

“How does growing the party and swelling its ranks become anti-party activities? We should be getting kudos. Obaseki is trying to scare people away. This jackboot democracy in Edo will not work.”