The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has warned Maryann Shaibu, the wife of Edo Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, against threatening violence ahead of the September 19 governorship election.
In a viral video, the deputy governor’s wife was seen warning a group of women not to associate with another group. She threatened to “flog” anyone that violates her warning.
Reacting to the video, the APC, through its Media Campaign Council, in a statement by its Chairman, Prince John Mayaki, described Shaibu’s wife’s “threat of violence” against anyone associating with APC’s supporters as unfortunate.
Mayaki claimed that Mrs. Obaseki’s reaction came after she found out the women were secretly intending to vote for APC’s governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“Maryann Shaibu spat fire, threatening to flog any woman she sees associating with a group, which is suspected to be an affiliate of the APC in Edo State,” the statement said.
“The threat violates the rights of Edo people, which grant them freedom to associate with anyone within the ambit of the law and the recent peace deal convoked by the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II.
“Mrs. Shaibu was seen in the viral video gesticulating wildly and requesting that the photographs of all women attending the meeting she was addressing be captured, vowing afterwards that anyone of them found identifying with another group would be flogged with cane.
“The sense of urgency and desperation in the tone of Mrs. Shaibu, who has been making frantic but futile moves to boost the chances of the temporary ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Edo North Senatorial District, through meetings with women, are as a result of the chill wind reaching her.
“Although, the women openly supported her to enjoy the pleasures they could derive, she realised they secretly intend to vote for APC’s governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.”
See the viral video below: