- The political tempo in Edo state is rising as the south-south state prepares to elect a new governor
- According to Governor Wike, the incumbent governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki has no opponent
- The Rivers state governor made the remarks following Adams Oshiomhole statement about Obaseki
As the political tempo in Edo rises, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has said that there is no strong opposition against Governor Godwin Obaseki in the state.
Wike who is chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national campaign council, disclosed this while speaking on a live programme on Wednesday, July 29, The Nation reports.
The governor explained that the people of the south-south state already knew the type of candidate the All Progressives Congress (APC) presented to them following what the former national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said about him four years ago.
In a statement by Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, commissioner for information and communications, Wike said the people of Edo cannot accept such character as a governor during the gubernatorial election.
He said: “Adams Oshiomole’s sudden u- turn is a great insult on Edo people. This is an opportunity for Edo people both at home and in the diaspora to use their votes to tell Oshiomole they cannot take his lies anymore.
“From all indications, it is obvious that there is no strong opposition against Obaseki and he will win convincingly.”
Wike went on to note that because he and his team are satisfied with results coming out already from Edo state, they have accepted the responsibility to lead the campaign.
The governor said though Obaseki came from another party, all the governorship aspirants on the platform of PDP have decided to work together to support the candidature of the Edo governor.
Wike's remarks are coming after the former governor of Edo state described his successor, as a bad product which he mistakenly sold to the people of the state in 2016.
Oshiomhole who is the immediate past national chairman of the APC made the statement on Saturday, July 25.
He made the statement while addressing APC supporters in Oredo Ward 2 in Benin City. The APC chieftain explained that he supported Governor Obaseki in 2016 with a view to ensuring the continuity of his projects.
Meanwhile, a cross-section of senior Benin chiefs on Sunday, July 26, rejected efforts by Oshiomhole to get their support for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The former national chairman of the APC was seen in pictures kneeling before the chiefs and seeking their support for the party's governorship candidate in the forthcoming poll.
According to the report, the chiefs refused to give their support to Ize-Iyamu, but instead advised him to try out his luck at the poll.
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