Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State Tuesday intimated President Goodluck Jonathan of the political liability that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has become in Edo State despite the 11 years it spent being in the saddle there. This is against the recent backdrop of his taking on one of his predecessors, Lucky Igbinedion. Oshiomhole, who attributed his various victories over the PDP to divine intervention, was at the State House to confer with Jonathan privately.
“For eleven good years PDP local governments had the head way uninterrupted and they cannot boast of one school. Edo people are not fools, how will they vote for ruffians?” he asked. He observed that Edo people are disenchanted with the corrupt nature of the ruling party, particularly its penchant for using money to lure voters, saying that he told the president that: “those days are gone.” He also indicated: “All they have tried to do in this election is clear and that is what I went to tell the president.”
He urged the media “to recognise that what the PDP leaders have done here is to give the impression that rigging is inevitable, preparing for the future. But they will be shocked that Nigerians are not in the mood for any rigging to take place. So, let me assure you I remain committed to the principle of one-man-one-vote because that is the irreducible minimum.”