Oyo State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Congresses in Edo State, Mr. Seyi Makinde, has faulted reports that last Saturday Ward congresses was marred with violence.
Makinde, who hailed leaders and members of the party for peaceful and orderly conduct of the congresses across the 192 wards said the reported violence was sponsored by opposition parties to paint the process in bad light.
Makinde spoke while updating reporters on last Saturday Ward congresses to elect new party officials.
He said five local government areas have been concluded and blamed delayed in his insistence that the electoral officers must visit the 192 wards.
Makinde, who applauded the sense of maturity and sportsmanship demonstrated by members of the party, said the entire process was peaceful.
He noted that it was normal for some persons to express displeasure in this type of political contest.
His words, “We have made a lot of progress. The electoral officers came in late because we insisted they must get to all the 192 wards. Some of the villages are across the river.
“The whole exercise went on peacefully. You can see all the Committee members. You can see the team collating results.
“It is the opposition imagination about crisis. They want to paint us in bad light. skirmishes are normal but we handled all the issues. It has been a peaceful and orderly process.
“All the Electoral Officers are here. I endorsed the photocopies of results and I am going through the serial numbers. All the aspirants are happy.”