Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council for the Edo State governorship election, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that PDP candidate in the forthcoming governorship election, Governor Godwin Obaseki, has no opponent.
Wike, who disclosed this when he appeared on a live television programme monitored in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
He stated that the people of Edo State already know the type of candidate the All Progressives Congress (APC) is presenting going by what former APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole said of him four years ago.
“Adams Oshiomhole told Edo people that Ize Iyamu was rusticated from school; that he poured acid on a fellow student that destroyed his manhood. Such a character cannot be accepted by Edo people as governor during the election.
“I respect the Benin tradition and I know that Edo people are educated to know that Oshiomhole cannot play on their intelligence. If he is now retracting what he said of Ize Iyamu, who is sure that he’s saying the correct thing now.
“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 Oshiomhole 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, who is Rivers State Governor, stated that he and his team accepted the responsibility to lead the campaign because they are satisfied with results coming out already from Edo State.
The PDP National Campaign Council Chairman stated that the party has continued to take steps in strengthening the nation’s democracy.
He said: “The party does so with the promotion of internal politics and resolving conflict of interests of members to achieve common goals.
Wike, who noted the success recorded by the PDP in conducting free and fair party primaries in Edo State, said all the aspirants decided to work together to support Obaseki’s candidature, who is the party’s flag bearer.
The governor said: “It was not easy to have a sole candidate for the Party in Edo state. People thought there will be problems, given the fact that Obaseki was coming from another Party. But Party members who are grounded and believe in the Party didn’t see any sacrifice too much to make.
“Even in Ondo State, the former Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi who decamped to PDP contested keenly during the primaries and lost . If there are other pending issues in the South West, be sure that the Party will resolve them.
“That is exactly what Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as the chairman of South-South States’ Governors had done. He is making sure that we are all on the same page to ensure that all states in the South-South are controlled by PDP.”