The party says it has nothing to gain from the murder of Olaitan Oyerinde

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned all forms of violence taking place in Edo State, saying “it can never be involved in murder to achieve its political goals.”

The party, being accused of complicity in the murder of an aide to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, said its pedigree as a performing political party places it in good stead to succeed in any electoral contest in Nigeria.

“We therefore do not need to kill in order to succeed,” the party said in a statement on Wednesday. “While we sympathise with the government and people of Edo State over the unfortunate murder of the principal secretary to the governor, Olaitan Oyerinde, we urge the Edo State Governor to look beyond his obsession with wild accusations against his opponents and also consider the possibility of culprits within his set up.”

The statement, signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, called on the Nigerian public to note that the accidents and murders in Edo State “suddenly emerged upon the political gains of the PDP in Edo State thriving on the scandals of Governor Oshiomhole’s private mansion and other nauseating corrupt practices”.

“We condemn the attitude of the ACN who have chosen to dishonor the memory of this gentleman by making his death a tool for political campaigns,” stated Metuh. “The PDP has absolutely nothing to gain from the murder of Mr Oyerinde and it is only the ACN that stands to gain massive sympathy and public sentiments in this regard. Let us emphasise here that motive is always a factor in murder cases. Who stands to gain from this gruesome murder? It is unfortunate that the ACN seems to have ready-made suspects for every misfortune that befalls them. The pronouncements by Governor Oshiomhole, directly accusing the PDP and its leaders for this murder is irresponsible and capable of jeopardising investigations by the law enforcement agencies.”

The party said it joined the call by President Goodluck Jonathan for the police and other security agencies to leave no stone unturned in fishing out the killers of Oyerinde.

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