In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 23rd, September, 2020

Tinubu, Oshiomhole Mute After APC Loss In Edo

Tinubu, Oshiomhole Mute After APC Loss In Edo


Bola Tinubu, Adams Oshiomhole

The September 19, 2020 Edo State governorship election has come and gone however the embers of the episodic occasion proceed to glow within the glade of public discourse.

Though 14 events fielded candidates for the ballot, the results of the election confirmed it was a two-horse race between the Peoples Democratic Celebration and the All Progressives Congress.

In accordance with the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee, PDP candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival and APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who bought 223,619 votes.

The electoral umpire on Sunday subsequently declared Obaseki because the winner of the keenly contested election. INEC additionally on Tuesday introduced certificates of return to the re-elected governor and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, at INEC workplace in Aduwawa, Benin Metropolis, the state capital.

President Muhammadu Buhari  has since congratulated Obaseki on his re-election. The APC nationwide physique has additionally conceded defeat and congratulated the opposition PDP and its candidate.

However whereas the congratulatory messages poured in for Obaseki and his social gathering, nothing has been heard from the quarters of former Nationwide Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole; and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, who had been energetic political actors through the electioneering course of that preceded the election.

Tinubu, in a televised broadcast a number of weeks to the election, accused Obaseki of not being a democrat and the way he had requested the individuals of Edo to reject him on the polls.

Tinubu, an APC chieftain, had additionally mentioned Obaseki dedicated an impeachable offence within the warmth of the disaster that rocked the Edo State Home of Meeting weeks earlier than the election.

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On his half, Oshiomhole, who was Edo governor from 2008 to 2016, was instrumental to the emergence of Obaseki as his successor. The 2, nevertheless, quickly fell out and Obaseki, who was elected on APC platform in 2016, defected to the PDP on June 19, 2020, after being denied APC ticket owing to intra-party squabbles.

Oshiomhole through the build-up and politicking to the 2020 governorship election within the state had mentioned he offered a nasty product to the individuals of the state in 2016 when he campaigned for Obaseki.

Armed with a megaphone at a rally late July 2020, the previous APC nationwide chairman, who vigorously campaigned for Ize-Iyamu this time round, had gone on his knees and had requested his supporters to repeat a prayer after him.

He had mentioned, “To these I offered the product that turned out to be faux, God you understand I didn’t know he was faux. Solely time shall inform who a person is.

“With our broom, we will sweep him out. Collectively, we’ll deliver your servant who’s God-fearing, who won’t repeat his errors and can full the undertaking of taking Edo to the subsequent stage. All these and plenty of extra we are saying within the mighty title of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

In the meantime, although the APC nationwide physique conceded defeat within the election, the social gathering within the state rejected the result of the ballot, alleging foul play and citing alleged “strong-arm techniques”.

Ize-Iyamu additionally mentioned he was nonetheless “learning the outcomes together with different social gathering members” and can announce his subsequent transfer quickly.

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When contacted, Oshiomhole’s media aide, Victor Oshoke, informed The PUNCH in a phone interview on Tuesday night that his principal has no remark or response to make on the result of the election.

He mentioned, “The end result has been introduced and the social gathering within the state is consulting; the place of the social gathering will likely be launched very quickly. Oshiomhole doesn’t have a private opinion to make on the election now, he’s ready for the social gathering’s place.”

Oshoke added, “We have now a candidate and we’re ready for the candidate’s assertion. When the candidate speaks, Oshiomhole will align with the candidate’s choice. Edo APC is ready for our candidate to talk.”

On his half, Tinubu’s spokesperson, Tunde Rahman, informed PUNCH in a phone interview on Tuesday night that his principal would converse “on the applicable time”.

“Asiwaju has not spoken. On the applicable time, he’ll converse on that election,
” Rahman tersely responded when requested of his principal’s response to Saturday’s ballot.

Within the meantime, Obaseki on Tuesday known as on Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu and different APC members to place their variations apart and work for the betterment of the state.

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