Edo State Gubernatorial Election Tension


Another year of elections in Edo State are here again, tagged: EDO STATE GUBERNOTORIAL ELECTION 2016. And the date is 10th of September 2016. And as usual of this event, there will be tension in the air. The reason for the tension, in this case Edo State is not farfetched.   There are more candidates now vying for the governorship seat as ever before in the history of the state. The rulling party the APC has 12 candidates waiting to succeed the incumbent governor Comrade Adams Aliu Oshomhole and especially now that it seems Oshomhole is secretly giving his blessing to his head of Economic team Mr Godwin Obaseki living his deputy Dr. Odubu who is also nursing ambition to be the governor without hope. This seemingly abandonment has since created a crack in the relationship between the governor and the deputy. There is also another bigwig on the role, a former Minister of State for Works Engr Ogiemwonyi who also feel he is the best for the job. There has been this cold war between all of this candidates. 

However on the side of the opposition party the PDP, there is a smoke emitting from a fire yet to burn, as they want to have the seat back as they have been in the opposition for this 8 years. On their side,  there are also about 4 candidates which include Pastor Osagie  Ize-Iyamu (a k a POI) who defected from the APC to the PDP,  and his co defector Chief Solomon Iyobosa Edebiri (a k a ISE), Mr Iduoriyekemwen a former NDDC chieftain and another. There is the tough contender between POI and ISE as who will pick the ticket of the party and most be strong enough to withstand the candidate from the APC. The onus seems to favour Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as he stands tall among the other candidates and also has the money, popularity and strong base in term of followership to face APC. Edebiri is also a great contender but not too strong a candidate to face the APC as he is a neophyte in the game of politics in the state.

Notwithstanding,  there is now this pairing of candidates in every corners, that it could be Obaseki for APC and Ize-Iyamu for PDP.  Some are saying Edebiri and Odubu.  Among this features, the one likely to be is Ize-Iyamu (PDP) and Obaseki (APC as he is the anointed of the Comrade governor). Well, our hands are folded and we are watching. And as they would say, “time shall tell”. Yes, time shall eventually tell as APC prepares for their primaries on Saturday the 18th of June 2016. And that of PDP a week after, but the problem I feel the PDP would have is the crisis at the national level. 

All well and good, come the 10th of September 2016 the Edolites would be going to the poll to vote their choice candidate as governor for the first 4 years, then the election would have been won and loss. And the tension?  It would have died down.

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