Edo State Deputy Governor and the running mate of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the September 19 election on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Comrade Philip Shaibu, has insisted that no amount of kneeling stunt will save the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and his party’s candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, from defeat and humiliation on election day.
The Deputy Governor said this in the course of a road show across Edo State that spanned from Akpakpava Road in Benin City, through Ekpoma to Jattu, in Etsako West Local Government Area (LGA).
He insisted that no amount of kneeling stunt will save the former national chairman of the APC and his candidate from defeat and charged Edo electorate to vote for the PDP and defend their votes on election day.
Shaibu, however, noted that the governorship electioneering campaign would be issues-based, with focus on performance and not on persons nor the throwing of tantrums and making deceptive public appearances.
The Deputy Governor explained that the election presents Edo people the opportunity to make a decision about the future of their unborn children “and not a time to think about pecuniary gains and egos of wannabe godfathers”.
He explained that before the former national chairman of the APC masterminded their disqualification from contesting the governorship election under the APC, he personally scheduled several peace meetings with Oshiomhole but all were to no avail.
He noted that no amount of intimidation can stop them from fulfilling the aspirations of the majority of the people, as against servicing the greed of a few individuals.
The tour kick-started from Akpakpava Road through first and second circular road junctions, during which market women, artisans, commercial bus drivers and many others received the deputy governor with open arms and pledged support for the PDP in the forthcoming governorship election.
At Oregbeni and Aduwawa markets, excited traders followed the PDP deputy governorship candidate round the market. The tour later crisscrossed Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area; Agbede in Edo North senatorial district and Jattu in Etsako West LGA.