Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has described the plan of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to reclaim the state in the September 10 governorship election as a campaign “dead on arrival.”
Oshiomhole, who stated this during a stakeholders’ meeting of the All Progressives Congress in Benin, said that the absence of the PDP governors at the commencement of the party governorship campaign showed that they had already rejected the candidate of one of its factions.
He said, “The campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party for the forthcoming governorship election in the state is dead on arrival. Whether you like it or not, the PDP engine is dead on arrival.
Speaking further, Oshiomole said; “The early morning signals are clear. For the first time since 1999, a candidate was being presented to the people of Edo State for the most important single job and the key pillars were there fastened to their chairs and their tables, none of them could stand on their feet to say one word.”
But reacting, the PDP, described the statement of the governor as “a feeble attempt” to boost the morale of “his deflated APC,” adding that it also exposed his desperation and fear of the opposition party’s candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“Edo people are desirous to change the ‘change’ that brought misery, suffering, hike in fuel and food prices, obnoxious taxes and levies and worst of all, deceit,” the State Publicity Secretary, Chris Nehikhare, said on yesterday.
Ahead of the official inauguration of the governorship campaign of the APC, Oshiomhole, however, noted that while the ruling party was the only party that offered hope to all our people, the PDP lacked the support of its leadership.
He said, “While the PDP could not get any rational person of note to present a tattered flag, our own national chairman will be around, as a former governor, a former federal permanent secretary and a national chairman of the governing party and all the APC governors will be here to present the flag to our candidate.”
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