The Oasis Reporters
September 18, 2020
On the streets of Benin city, Fugar, Okpella, Auchi, Ekpoma, Irrua as was Igueben and all over Edo State, what you’d most likely hear from the mouth of voters is, “Edo no be Lagos”, “Jagaban gu’nue” (meaning Jagaban, keep quiet)
Governor Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who is the first action governor the young people of the state are knowing since the days of Brigadier General Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia is set to be returned to power, barring any unexplainable massive theft of votes. And such are likely to be resisted.
The people would not trade a man who has built a Refinery at a time the country’s own refineries are grounded due to gross inefficiency, built a power plant amidst the country’s massive darkness for ages and revived the economy of the state, paying wages for the ‘godfatheric’ ambitions of a politician from outside of the state.
The godfather’s home state of Osun practically had a collapsed economy for eight years when civil servants had little wages and many of them starved because his imposed choice ran the state aground economically.
The broadcast of Asiwaju Tinubu would not be heeded in Edo. Rather, it would sway more voters away from the APC candidate, Pastor Osaze Ize-Iyamu. Edo is likely to do unto APC, what Oyo did, by voting against the wishes and hopes of the godfather.
Not even a son of the soil like Oshiomole could have made such an insensitive broadcast to the proud Edo People. They would not bow to a godfather, even for two bullion vans full of cash. Edo would not trade it for development that the entire Niger Delta needs.
And The Wrapper For Your Vote Saga is unlikely to work..who would trade a cheap wrapper for statewide development ? They would collect it and humiliate the godfather’s candidate on election day.