A landlord in Uzea Community in Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo state, identified as Mr. David Agberemole, has evicted five tenants in his house for pitching their tent with the All Progressives Congress, APC, against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the forthcoming Edo governorship election.
Some of the evicted tenants, Mr. Sylvester Chukwuemeka, Okosun Christiana and Ogbeide Elizabeth, lamented their ordeal, narrating how the landlord wants every one of them to vote for the PDP which he was sympathetic to. But they all refused and insisted on supporting APC instead.
“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.”
Also speaking, another of the evicted tenants, Sylvester Chukwuemeka, his rents were up to date, adding that the landlord’s action contradicts the principle of fair play and justice.
“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.”
Mr. Chukwuemeka called on relevant authority to come to help them out as the Acting Executive Chairman of Edo State Internal Revenue Service, Barr. Emmanuel Usoh has given the evicted tenants some bags of cement and money to build their own houses.
Although the landlord could not be reached for comments, family members at the his residence confirmed that the evicted persons were previous tenants in the house.