Ahead of the September 28 gubernatorial election in Edo State, Governor Adams Oshiomhole has, in a chat with State House correspondents, said all is set for APC to clinch victory at the polls. JONATHAN NDA- ISAIAH was there for LEADERSHIP Friday
On the coming guber Polls.
For us it is fun, when you have a good report card, you will be anxious to go and show your parents that you did well in school so that you can ask for support to go to secondary school. It is when you fail that you cry and make excuses.
We have worked for Edo people and there is no ward out of the 192 wards where you will not find a standard government project, whether it is road, school, health centre, water and these are things they have never seen during 10 years of PDP.
Before now, they used to laugh and dismiss Edo as miracle centre during WAEC examinations because public schools were dead, the parents wanted their children to go to university but these children had not been taught because teachers were always on strike since they were never paid and so people had to resort to miracles to pass. A miracle is a good way to describe an organised fraud where you pay some prescribed fee and with collaboration with the proprietor of the school, some elements in WAEC or NECO, the young man gets the certificate that does not match his intellect.
From that situation, we have rebuilt the schools and Edo teachers are paid as at when due and with all other efforts we did, the teachers were properly motivated and only qualified teachers are in our classrooms. From a situation where Edo used to be 23rd in WAEC and NECO, last year we came second.
With all these, there is no way the people will vote for a party that has been giving them excuses. I have no doubt whatsoever that anytime, any day, a fair minded Edo man will vote APC.
There are fears that some state governors would foment trouble during the election?
I was very specific, that my brother, Okowa and Governor Wike, have had histories of violence and deaths during every election. In Rivers in particular, they almost used blood instead of ink pad on Election Day but in Edo, we have had to run credible elections based on one man, one vote and they exported people to Edo, some of them have been arrested, some of them have been charged to court and they will be prosecuted.
But my appeal to them is that they should be ashamed because we are all chief security officers of our states, the level of deaths and killings in Rivers is wanton and it is not bothering him, he wants to export that bloodletting tactic to Edo State, our people will resist.
I also want to tell him that people have exaggerated views of what they represent. A fish or shark may appear powerful because it is inside the creek but when you move it to dry soil, even babies can feast on it. So Edo is not like the creek that you have in Rivers.
I want to plead with him, if he wants to send any boy, he should send his children, his own blood children so that they can bear the full consequences of their father’s message. He has no right to pay token to other people’s children to go and die in Edo because our people are rugged and dogged.
We are not in the creeks, if they move those guys who can dive into the water and do magic to the dry soil of Edo, they will learn the hard way what it takes to walk through the desert. We want to fight with PVC only, they must not import killers, if they do, they must bear full responsibility.