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Edo guber: What PDP is doing differently



The battle for Osadebe Avenue is seen by many as a two-horse race involving the incumbent governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Godwin Obaseki and his All Progressives Congress, APC, counterpart, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. Having secured their respective parties’ ticket for the September 19 big test; the two are now walking the length and breadth of the state, marketing their blueprints ahead of the election. For the PDP, the election is a referendum against the evils of godfatherism, a vice it says must be put to bed to gift the oil-producing stateroom to breathe with the air in its tank. Aware of what its candidate is up against, the national campaign council for the Edo State Governorship Election is leaving nothing to chance, propagating the Making Edo Working Again, MEGA, Obaseki’s manifesto across the 18 local government areas of the state. Speaking exclusively to Vanguard, secretary of the council and national publicity secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan says the people know what Obaseki stands for and are only waiting to exercise their mandate and make their choice known.

 “The PDP won’t join issues with anyone given that Edo is traditionally a PDP state. When Adam Oshiomhole was governor of the state; he credited his achievements to the economic wizardly and managerial efficiency of Godwin Obaseki. If today, he has chosen to jump in the bed with a man he once described in the worst of adjectives, we leave him to have a reckoning with his conscience. “Governor Obaseki is ignoring their antics and rightly so because his eyes are on the ball. They’ve been causing chaos including the show of shame they exhibited at the sacred Palace of our highly respected monarch, the Oba of Benin. “Our national campaign has already been made aware of plots by the APC to suppress the people of Edo state by using a certain group of thugs, who were seen on video being contracted by Ize-Iyamu, to orchestrate pockets of violent attacks in various parts of the state so as to scare the people, create an impression of security breakdown and pave way to truncate the wish of the people of Edo state.

“Already, the APC’s plot against the people of Edo has been exposed by their attack at the Oba Palace and the barefaced desecration of the values, which the people of Edo state hold in the highest esteem. “While we understand that Oshiomhole and the APC candidate, Ize-Iyamu, are distraught because of their rejection by the Edo people, resorting to acts of violence just to embarrass the state and derail the election has worsened their case. We have made our position known and it is left for the security agencies to investigate and bring the perpetrators to book,” he said.

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