Opinion: Why Kwankwaso And Wike Are The Brain Behind PDP’s Election Victory In Edo
Governor Godwin Obaseki, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, has scored the highest number of votes in Saturday’s Edo State governorship election and has been declared the winner.
The result of the election, held in all Edo’s 18 local governments, was declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday in Benin, the state capital.
Mr Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat his main rival, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who had 223,619 votes. He also won in 13 of the 18 local government areas and thus scored more than 25 per cent of votes cast in two-thirds of the local governments in the state to satisfy the second constitutional requirement to be declared governor.
Major Role Played By Kwankwaso In Edo;
Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano, approached the Arewa community for the PDP candidate, Obaseki, and urged them to vote for the governor because he fulfills his promises to the state.
Mr Kwankwaso urged his kinsmen to reelect the governor who has shown competence in delivering the dividends of democracy in the first term.
According to the former governor, who spoke after his visit to his kinsmen, the Arewa community has given assurances that they will vote for PDP in the forthcoming election.
Mr Kwankwaso said, “I am here in Edo State to visit my brother Obaseki and have a word with him and his deputy. I have gone round the city to talk to people myself, on the road and market places, on the need to vote for Obaseki.
“I met with the Arewa community and they have given us their assurances of support for the PDP on the back of the administration’s developmental strides in the state. My presence here is very important, that is why I am here to support my brother.
“I am so happy that Obaseki has done well as I have gone through his projects in the last three years and nine months. What should matter to us now as a people is who can do the job and do it better. The message is clear; vote for a governor that has already performed, a man that is tested and trusted.”
Kwankwaso expressed satisfaction with the level of developmental achievements recorded by governor Obaseki, describing him as a man that can be recommended for any level in the country given his credibility.
He assured that he has met with the Arewa Community and they have given them their assurances of Support for PDP and its Candidate.
The appointment of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State as chairman of the PDP Edo State Governorship Campaign Council elicited excitement in the PDP fold across the country.
The reason is simple. Wike has seen many political wars, and has remained comfortably afloat.
A two-term governor of Rivers State, Wike has been involved in may political battles, which got to a head in the last general election. Records have it that the governor has won almost all his legal battles against his political opponents.
While Obaseki will rely on the massive votes of the Edo people to coast to victory, Wike’s astuteness will help him protect the votes and to make them count, which Wike ensures today.
Wike warns APC against manipulating results
The governor of Rivers State and the Edo Guber Election Campaign Council Chairman, Nyesom Wike, has said considering the voting process and methodology employed in Edo State 2020 Guber election, the poll may likely be the best in the history of Nigeria.
The governor said any manipulation or suspicious will not be tolerated by the PDP. He urged the INEC to conduct free, fair and credible elections in Edo.
Wike raises alarm that Nigerian Police were intimidating PDP members in Edo
Governor Wike of Rivers State expressed shock that Inspector General of Police, Adamu, asked him to leave Edo State while such action was not taken against other APC governors who are also in the state for today’s election.
He said that the Police boss asked him on phone what he was doing in Edo. The governor said that he replied him that he was in the state to monitor the election as head of his party’s team in the Edo election.
“The IG then said I must leave immediately. I asked why? Governor of Kano is here and Governor of Imo State is here. Why should I be the only one to leave. I have never seen a thing like that. Shortly after policemen laid siege to my hotel in Benin. This is terrible,” Wike said, adding that he would remain in Benin city to monitor the election.
Shortly before Wike’s alarm, PDP party chairman Uche Secondus told the press that the police were intimidating and harassing PDP governors in Edo while their APC counterparts were freely moving about in the state.
Wike warns APC against deploying thugs to disrupt election
Wike stated that Obaseki is not a violent man like Ize-Iyamu who allegedly instructed thugs he called “lions and tigers” to cause crisis.
He challenged the police and the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to use the Edo election to correct previous mistakes by conducting free and fair polls.
Wike added that Obaseki cannot be described as an ingrate because he has proven to be a man of character.
Lastly, Do you really think Kwankwaso and Wike are the biggest masterminds of PDP’s election victory in Edo????