By Emmanuel Aziken
Chief Dan Orbih, national vice-chairman, South-South of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was the chairman of the PDP Edo State Campaign Council.
Orbih, one of the state’s most connected political operators in this interview reviewed the election campaign noting the help he got from Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in marketing his candidate.
While he appreciated the strategies and systems employed, he equally gave thanks to God in bringing about the victory.
What was your advantage going into the Edo State election?
For us we had the advantage of being able to tell the people that the trouble was not Obaseki, it was about Oshiomhole trying to play ‘god.’ A man you presented as your candidate the last time, you turn around and to now say that the man is no longer qualified to contest the election.
And of course Nigerians are beginning to show more interest in politics especially as to who governs them because the times are hard, people are experiencing very difficult times and they believe that if we have the right leadership they would be able to turn things around.
Having tested Obaseki in the last four years we believe that if given a chance to build upon what he has done, he will certainly do far better.
One thing you cannot take away from Edo PDP is that the party platform is very strong. We had two serving senators out of three, and we won the presidential election with Adams as national chairman of the party and he could not deliver his state for Buhari in the last presidential election. So, we had a very strong platform.
So, Obaseki coming to join the PDP further gave us the advantage. A party that was already very strong now having the incumbent governor coming to join forces with us, it was clear that we were not just going to win the election but win with a landslide. And again, I believe that the future of Nigeria’s politics is going to take a new dimension with what has happened
It has shown clearly that when people are determined and they have a strong will to elect and protect their votes that their votes will surely count.