In yet another power squabble between the two Nigeria’s most popular opposition parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continues as Edo State Governor Oshiomhole, on Wednesday boldly advise the PDP to forget about reclaiming the state.
It all went down at a stake holders meeting of the APC in Benin where Governor Oshiomhole pointed that the awkward absence of PDP governors at the flag-off of the party’s governorship campaign was a proof that the party was divided, which paves the way for his party (APC) to claim victory.
In his own words:
“The campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 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.
“The early morning signals are clear. For the first time since 1999, a PDP 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.
“While the PDP couldn’t get any national person of note to present a tattered flag, our own (APC) National Chairman will be around, as a former governor, former federal permanent secretary and national chairman of the governing party to present the flag to our candidate.
“My brother governors will be coming from Friday; all the progressives governors will be here to show solidarity. We are not going to be represented by one governor. The governors will come.”
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Pertaining to the reconciliation with his deputy, Pius Odubu, Oshiomhole said:
“I submit and I decree that the fact that he (Odubu) readily accepted in the manner that he did shows that he knew that he has a stake in this house because his sweat together with your sweat was used to mold the blocks with which this house was built.
“The reason the Deputy Governor’s position is extremely important is that there is nobody that has any reason to be more aggrieved in status, in rank than him”