Thursday, September 29, 2016 10:34 pm
Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said the victory of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in the just concluded gubernatorial election in the state, has humbled PDP chieftains in the state, namely, Chief Tom Ikimi, the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and Chief Raymond Dokpesi.
Oshiomhole stated this while responding to the declaration of the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, as winner of the election, however said Chief Tony Anenih narrowly escaped defeat, adding that the APC is committed to dismantling the rigging machine of those he termed political godfathers in the state.
According to the the governor, Edo is the only state where election has been held in recent and not one person lost his life.
He said the victory has concluded his chapter in the struggle to end political godfatherism, adding that “the election is the final celebration of political godfathers who have held the people hostage since 1999.”
He said further: “Over the last eight years we have tried to orientate our people not just the voters but politicians that the season of election rigging where one or two godfathers write the results is over and we were committed to dismantling the rigging machine.
“We have a rerun in 2012 with all the godfathers on one side and new forces of change on my side, I won in all the 18 local government areas. Our people have spoken loud and clear that they believe in democracy, they just don’t want to be beneficiaries, they want to be the drivers of the process. This was showed by the way they conducted themselves on election day.
“It is outstanding and remarkable that tensed as the election was with all the predictions, the APC out of 18 local government, we won in 15 decisively. Those who were loudest in making noise has been revealed where they stand in relation with Edo people.
“We have humbled Chief Tom Ikimi even in the local government he claimed to have created. We defeated Chief Raymond Dokpesi in his polling unit, his Ward and his local government. That reassures that the ruthless deployment of media machinery is not enough to distort or the will of Edo people to determine their choice.
“In Okada, the political family that has boasted that they will continue to govern this state and even compelled the state to adopt them as the queen of England whose birthday must be celebrated. In Okada, the APC was the preferred party by the people than that family in Okada.
“There is something unique in the way things have turn out. In Esan land, the senatorial zone of the PDP godfather, we won two out of the five local government. We gave him a fight that he manages to escape. He used the factor of his age to play on the emotion of the people. It is a victory for the people of the state. Edo people are now proud they can now determine who rule them and no one godfathers can choose a leader for them. When you look at the propaganda, you will think we have fell for the lion.”