Densdome gathered that in his reaction to the electoral victory of Godwin Obaseki ofthe All Progressives Congress (APC) in the governorship election in Edo state, Governor Adams Oshiomhole says it is a sign that the acclaimed godfathers in the state have been rendered powerless.
In his words, he said Obaseki’s success in the poll marked the end of three notable politicians in the state. He gave their names as Raymond Dokpesi, Tom Ikimi, and Gabriel Igbinedion, all members of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Ikimi was part of those who successfully ensured the fusion of parties to form the APC. He however left the party and joined the PDP just before the 2015 general election.
Obaseki won the election after scoring 319,483 votes against Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the PDP, who scored 253,173 votes.Speaking after the election result was declared, Oshiomhole said the exercise had humbled the trio.
The governor said: “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.“
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Our people have spoken loud and clear thatthey 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 todetermine 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,” the governor said.
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