The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the demolition of property belonging to former deputy governor of Edo State, Pius Odubu, by the state government.
APC said this in a statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Chris Azebamwan, on Wednesday in Benin.
Mr. Azebamwan said other members of the party whose property was demolished included House of Representatives member, Julius Ihonvbere (APC- Owan) and Mike Itemuagbon, a sports enthusiast.
“We recall that Gov. Godwin Obaseki about this same time last year demolished a private property of an APC chieftain, Mr. Tony Kabaka Adun.
“Unchallenged, he has taken a step further, all in a bid to intimidate, suppress, hound, crush and silence his perceived enemies.
“No doubt, it is part of the governor’s ‘Make Edo Great Again’ agenda to regularly and willfully demolish property belonging to perceived opponents, and dissenting or critical voices in the state, in the bid to foist a siege mentality on the citizenry.
“It is on record that Obaseki had earlier this year revoked the Certificates of Occupancy of some property, but the demolition carried out while the case is in court, is unacceptable because it amounts to a subversion of the rule of law,” he said.
He added: “The proper thing is for the government to wait for the outcome of the court process, but apparently because it knew that it was pursuing an illegal agenda, it demolished the property.”
The APC said the governor should perish the idea of trying to use “false claims and propaganda” to justify the demolition.
“We also reject this constant invasion of citizen’s privacy and demolition of their property, as it is not only wicked, but cowardly.
“It is a direct recipe for a crisis in our state. We caution against future action in this guise, because it is borne out of hatred and political intolerance in furtherance of the larger plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its administration to destroy the fabric that binds Edo people, and eventually overheat the polity.
“We dismiss the latter-day reasons given by the government as dastardly, baseless, false, and incongruous because they fail to justify the unwarranted invasion, harassment of these innocent citizens who once served the state meritoriously, and demolition of their property.
“Edo people know that the PDP and its government is unduly hounding, harassing, and demolishing property of citizens for daring to be among compatriots at the forefront of the quest to rescue our state from misrule and strangleholds of a cabal that does not mean well for the people,” the APC said.