By Ken Edokpayi
As the election D-day for the Edo gubernatorial election draws closer, one of the Super leaders of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo South senatorial district, Owere Dickson Imasogie, has reiterated his unshaken conviction that the party would emerge victorious on September 19, because, according to him, “Edo has been a PDP state; and it will remain a PDP state.”
Owere Imasogie, in a chat with The Navigator, last week, maintained that the crises bedeviling the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state had divinely instigated some members of the Oshiomhole faction of the divide to own up to the satanically fraudulent roles the APC engaged in to rig out the PDP and its then gubernatorial candidate in the 2016 Edo election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, of a well-deserved victory.
The Super leader, who expressed delight that with the coming into the PDP of incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki, with over two-third of the former APC members in the state, the PDP has become more fortified to win the governorship election.
In his words, “Obaseki’s coming into the PDP is an added blessing to the party because with the dwindling reputation of the APC across the country, we, as a party, were already sure and upbeat that we were going to win the gubernatorial election.
Whether we like it or not, a critical assessment of the APC today would reveal that at least two-third of APC members and their sympathizers moved with Obaseki into the PDP, a party whose feet have already been solidly embedded in the state with outstanding victory in the 2019 presidential election and winning two out of the three Senatorial seats in the state.
“So, it is only those who cannot read between the lines that would be thinking the political fight will be tough. Yes, there is the potent fear that the APC is used to rigging. Except they would draft soldiers into the state that day to drive all of us inside the house; if they do so, the whole world would be watching the scenario.
If they cannot do that, then I want to tell everyone that you can only rig where you are popular. We in the PDP are not used to rigging; but that is a statement of fact. In 2016, the APC could not rig; it was only the manipulating at the headquarters that gave them that victory. So, Obaseki contesting on the PDP platform is a blessing to him and it is a blessing to us.”
Owere Imasogie vehemently denied any alleged monetary inducement of PDP leaders and the PDP governorship aspirants by Gov. Obaseki, emphasizing that what played out was a mutual assessment and reassessment of the prevailing political situation coupled with the party leaders’ informed conviction that teaming up with Gov. Obaseki would make victory on September 19, 2020 easier and less laborious.
He insisted that with the conviction of the party leaders in their assessment, subtle, fatherly pressure was then mounted on the aspirants to genuinely and conscientiously step down their aspirations in the overall interest of the party and offer the platform to Gov. Obaseki to contest the election.
He, therefore, urged PDP members and supporters in the state to remain upbeat, focused and vigilant ahead of the coming campaigns and in the election proper, and continue to mobilize more and greater support from Edo people for the party and its candidates, as according to him, “victory is sure.”