The Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva has declared that the Edo state governorship election is a must win for the All Progressives Congress (APC) adding that the whole of the South South region were in agreement with the fact.
The Minister however said that the power of incumbency will not favour the incumbent governor, Goodwin Obeseki who he said was currently operating under a stolen mandate.
Sylva who spoke to journalists at the end of the contact and mobilization sub committee meeting ahead of the upcoming Edo gubernatorial elections, also stated that the party will do all to forestall a repeat of the Bayelsa experience
“All of us in the South South believe that this election must be won. Edo state is our only APC state in the South South. A few months ago, as you are all aware, they took Bayelsa State from us through the back door after we won the election and now through the back door again, they have taken Edo state but luckily we have the opportunity of reclaiming Edo state in a few weeks from now and every south south APC member is of the consensus that we must reclaim Edo.
‘It is our stronghold in the region and therefore we are all geared up, we will all go to Edo state. We want to assure you that you should not entertain any doubt that Edo state will be an APC state very soon come the election in September.
While speaking on Governor Obaseki’s chances at the polls, he said: “Election is not all about finance. First if you say the power of incumbency, it is an APC incumbency that has been stolen by the PDP. So, that kind of incumbency has comma and that is why we believe that such incumbency will not work. The Edo people know that Edo state is for APC and I want to assure you that we are in touch with our people in Edo state and we know that we are the dominant party in Edo state and we are going to win this election.”