In News by stephen abiodun on the 08th, September, 2020

For Edo APC, Ize-Iyamu, Rigging Isn’t An Choice

For Edo APC, Ize-Iyamu, Rigging Isn’t An Option

Allegations of rigging are the usual shibboleth and apocalyptic rhetoric of an opposition get together and a weak candidate particularly, on this a part of the world.

Though it’s quick turning into a norm too in among the most civilised elements of the world, it’s, nonetheless, a stale and unmelodic tune that many Nigerians not bob or weave to.

The fact is that it’s virtually at all times the unpopular candidate or the self-styled underdog that sometimes raises such fatuous and unfounded allegations whereas making an attempt to whip up sympathy forgetting that Nigerians have turn out to be wiser to this spoof through the years.

Expectedly, in Edo State, the Peoples Democratic Social gathering, PDP, and its candidate within the September 19th governorship election, Governor Godwin Obaseki, are beating the torn drums of electoral manipulation once more. It’s a lifestyle for them.

Instantly he jumped ship and received the ticket of the PDP to fly its flag within the election, Obaseki and his cheerleaders went to city elevating fears of a probably flawed election whereas taking no prisoners; everyone seems to be in on the plot. From the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to the police and the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC, everyone seems to be culpable besides them. How handy!

We’ve not forgotten that weeks earlier than the March 9, 2019 governorship and state meeting elections in Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike claimed that the APC-led federal authorities had deliberate to make use of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Military to disrupt the election and had “mapped out native authorities areas, the place they’ll provoke violence to make sure that elections are usually not performed as they did in the course of the Presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections.”

Wike additionally accused INEC of plotting to print unlawful gubernatorial poll papers that will exclude the newly registered political events to implement the rigging plans. Regardless of these allegations, Wike ultimately received the election and nobody heard something about rigging once more.

Now, because the chairman of the PDP Nationwide Marketing campaign Council for Edo Governorship Election, Wike is again with the oldest trick within the e book. Early August, he whimsically claimed that the PDP had gathered sufficient intelligence report in regards to the plan to rig the election and would scuttle it on the applicable time.

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However no one is swayed. Even a pre-schooler now is aware of that his political model relies on such inflammatory chestnuts. Subsequently, nobody is taking him critically, not least, the involved folks of Edo State.

The immortal saying of late American President Abraham Lincoln that; “You possibly can idiot all of the folks among the time; you’ll be able to idiot among the folks on a regular basis, however you’ll be able to’t idiot all of the folks on a regular basis,” just about sums up how imbecilic the folks of Edo think about Wike and PDP’s wild allegations in regards to the integrity of the elections.

Nobody is blind or deaf to the truth that Wike was merely echoing Governor Obaseki’s escapist rhetoric in order that when he’s ultimately voted out, he can conveniently declare, like different sore losers earlier than him, that the election was manipulated in his opponent’s favour.

Properly, what the PDP has failed to simply accept is the unpopularity of its candidate. Greater than any interval within the historical past of elections within the state, there may be palpable confidence that votes can be precisely counted and they’d depend within the last evaluation. Consequently, the voters appears further motivated for this election. And you may’t blame them.

So far as they’re involved, Obaseki is an entire, bungling failure, who’s now swinging and getting excessive on his puerile imaginations, as a result of defeat stares him starkly within the face. Why would he even assume that Edo folks would re-elect him after presiding over essentially the most chaotic and retrogressive 4 years within the historical past of the state?

Why would he be allowed anyplace close to Authorities Home past the expiration of his 4 year-term after mismanaging the commonwealth of the state; plunging the financial system into quicksand and usually weakening the socio-ethnic and political material of the state?

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Sadly, neither the PDP nor its candidate is promising something critical or substantive.
Fairly, Obaseki has been ululating about Making Edo Nice Once more, MEGA, hare-brained rehash of President Donald Trump’s 2016 marketing campaign slogan.

As a substitute of campaigning on the energy of his achievements, if there have been, Obaseki and his get together have been distracting and deflecting from correct electioneering, resorting as an alternative to name-calling and pointless propaganda. Whether or not mega or minuscule, Obaseki has confirmed incapable of no matter is contained in his resonantly empty agenda that was lifeless on arrival.

Conversely, throughout his eight-year reign as governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole redefined the artwork of governance, rejuvenated the flagging religion of the folks within the system, rebuilt the infrastructure and renewed the financial system. He created an Edo State that was the satisfaction of indigenes at house and within the Diaspora. He made being known as an Edolite value its weight in gold anyplace on the planet.

On the energy of the foundations he had laid, the progressive comrade lent all his weight behind Obaseki, believing that having served in his authorities as Chairman of the Edo State Financial and Technique Group; he would construct on his legacies. Alas, Obaseki derailed and went on wanton misrule.

A number of well-intentioned makes an attempt by well-meaning Edo indigenes to make him keep the course had been sneered and scowled at. Many got here to a sorry move for even daring to supply concrete and important interventions.

Ask the billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Captain Idahosa Wells-Okunbo. He’s nonetheless smarting from the various plots hatched by the governor and his brokers to deliver him into disrepute for selflessly wanting to assist the state and later, to mediate within the faceoff between the governor and his predecessor.

Obaseki’s warped type of gratitude to Oshiomhole and others, who gave him wings on which he flew unfettered was to betray and batter them within the media and wherever else he might and destroy and defame the identical state he now seeks to make nice once more.

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Obaseki and his cohorts must be reminded that the APC has no motive below the solar to rig the election. Aside from fielding Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a extensively acclaimed well-liked candidate, a real son of the soil and achieved administrator, who has diligently served the state since 1999, the APC’s achievements within the state have opened the folks’s eyes to the truth that authorities can work for the folks.

Additionally, for the primary time within the historical past of democratic governance within the state, there may be non secular inclusivity; Ize-Iyamu’s deputy is Malam Gani Audu, a Muslim. That could be a large bloc of votes, which the PDP can by no means come near.

And along with his SIMPLE (Safety, Infrastructural improvement, Manpower improvement, Public-Non-public Partnership, Management and Employment creation) Agenda, which has lucidly enunciated insurance policies and programmes which might be projected to create 1000’s of jobs in training, agriculture and rural improvement, housing, electrification, hearth service, industrialisation, waste administration system, social empowerment, and the water provide sector inside 4 years, Ize-Iyamu has received the hearts of the folks.

What extra? Fairly than play soiled just like the PDP, he’s resolutely and remarkably going about his campaigns, promoting his manifesto of hope to an in any other case harried folks. Having achieved his homework effectively, Ize-Iyamu is banking solidly on the folks, not any phantom rigging equipment to take over the mantle of management within the state. Can any person please, wake Mr. Obaseki and the PDP up from their imminent defeat-induced slumber to odor the espresso?

Written by Justin Chidoke Uzodinma

*Uzodinma is from Ebonyi State

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