For supporting the All Progressives Congress, APC, against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the forthcoming Edo governorship election, a landlord, David Agberemole, has evicted no fewer than five tenants in his house located in Uzea Community in Esan North East Local Government Area of the state.
Lamenting their ordeal, The Nation reports that the tenants, Mr Sylvester Chukwuemeka, Okosun Christiana and Ogbeide Elizabeth, stated that they had suffered untold hardship from their landlord for not supporting the PDP, for which the landlord has sympathy.
One of the tenants, Okosun Christiana who spoke in her native Esan dialect said, “We don’t have any problem, just party differences, he told us he wanted everyone in the house to support PDP, because he is a member of the party, but I refused.
“I told him that I have been in APC for a very long time that even if the PDP is buying me a car, I prefer to remain in the APC, and he said since that is my stand; I should consider myself evicted from his house,” She explained.
Also speaking, another of the evicted tenants, Sylvester Chukwuemeka, revealed that his rents were up to date, adding that the action of their landlord negates the principle of fair play and justice just because they refused to support the PDP.
“I don’t understand why the landlord will just decide to drive us out of his house because we are not supporting PDP. I pay my rent regularly and this is not fair to me.
“The state government should come to our aid because I don’t know when it became a crime to support a party.”
Chukwuemeka called on relevant authority to come to their aid just as the Acting Executive Chairman of Edo State Internal Revenue Service, Barr. Emmanuel Usoh, according to the report, has given the evicted tenants some bags of cement and money to build their own houses.