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Edo 2016 Guber Race: Say No To Hostility –APC

Posted: Feb 12, 2016 at 8:50 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Francis Onoiribholo

Benin Bureau Chief

As the race for the Edo State Governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) approaches, the party has reminded all aspirants of the need for all stakeholders to avoid violence in the primary elections which it described as an in-house contest that should not generate ill feelings.

The party cautioned its genuine leaders to conduct themselves in a manner that will not make reconciliation of internal rival groups after the primaries to become more difficult than facing opponents at the main election.

The state executive of the party in a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Comrade Godwin Erhahon called on the party leaders to avoid any action that may give room to any of the aspirants to reject the outcome of the primaries.

According to the party, “Let us not give room for most of the formidable aspirants to refuse the outcome of the primaries and gang up against the emerging candidate simply because we demonstrated our  preference for one as a declaration of war against others.

Let us also resist the temptation to destabilize the party structures ahead of the primaries simply because a few officials are not supporting our preference now.

It is certain even to our opponents that the APC cannot be defeated in the 2016 governorship elections due to the achievements of the APC-led Governor Oshiomhole administration so far.  It is possible for a wining APC to push victory to an unpopular opponent.

After all, those who may be able to help an aspirant to win the party primaries will surely not be enough to help him win the main election. Besides, any aspirant who concluded as early as in January that it is impossible for him to win over party leaders who are working for another aspirant before the primaries that is coming up in late April is not to be hoped on.

Those who wish Edo State well should pray to God to guide and protect Comrade Governor Adams Oshiomhole during this terminal season against the scheming and antics of morally bankrupt politicians who drummed the first Edo PDP Governor to doom only to deny and deride him in his doom.

As a governor who has excelled in governance, development and progressive mass mobilization, the Comrade Governor deserves patriotic not pecuniary, loyalty.

Let us also ensure that any aspirant who thrives in mediocrity and occultism does not by our own fault succeed a free-minded Governor Oshiomhole”, the party further declared.