‘PDP’s allegation of rigging in Edo mere ranting of losers’

THE leader of the Edo Shall Rise Again (ESRA) Movement, Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, has described those alleging that the recent governorship election was rigged as clowns who are whipping up sentiments to discredit the September 28 contest to justify their failure.
Isah described the election as one of the best organised in recent times, adding that it was free, fair and devoid of violence. He reiterated his earlier call that Muslims in the state should be adequately carried along in appointments by the incoming Obaseki administration, especially at the highest level of governance.
The civil society activist said the election which had agents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at every polling unit cannot be said to have been flawed, because it met global standards.
According to the human rights activist, the people of the state have spoken by voting the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, as their next governor, having rated him as the best man for the job.
He said that an election involved about 19 political parties and that the others, aside from the PDP, endorsed the choice, adding that the PDP’s position is due to desperation and should not be taken seriously.
Isah is also of the opinion that the PDP has met its waterloo and is dead and buried in Edo State, having serially lost to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) twice in the past and now the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He advised the PDP candidate, Pastor Osaze Ize-Iyamu, to stop rubbishing his political career and reserve his strength for the 2020 election, “since he has become a serial governorship aspirant”. He added that it is fruitless dissipating his energy in a legal process to claim his alleged mandate.
The erstwhile two-time chairman of North West zone of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) and National Vice President, Actors Guild of Nigeria (North West), however, advised the governor-elect to extend an olive branch to any political party that is willing to collaborate with the incoming administration to bring the state forward, pointing out that this includes the PDP, if it is willing to do so.
He said: “It is my candid belief that elections are now over and the business of moving Edo State forward should now take the front-burner. The outgoing governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has done his best and his huge legacy needs to be built upon. So, there is serious business ahead.
“The good thing is that the people have spoken and this they have done with a loud voice by investing their fortune on the pair of Obaseki and Hon. Phillip Shuaibu to steer the ship of state for the next four years.
“For those that have lost the election, tomorrow is another day. There are many more governorship polls to be contested in the state in future. For now, the contest has been won and lost. I believe that for those sensible Edolites, the new challenge should be what development strides should be attracted to their constituencies.”

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