By Simeon OSAJIE
As Edo State 2024 governorship election get closer, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Chief of Staff to Edo State Governor, Hon. Charles Idahosa has urged all major political parties in the state to pick their governorship candidates from Edo Central Senatorial District in the spirit of fairness and justice.
Idahosa whole stated this during his 70th birthday celebration, emphasized that this recommendation was crucial, given that the leaders of significant political parties, including the APC, PDP and LP, hail from Edo Central Senatorial District of the state, which also includes the National Chairman of the Labour Party, Barr. Julius Abure.
According to him, “If these major political parties are able to convince and influence their members to make somebody from the zone as their candidate, it would be easier for the district to achieve their clamouring for governorship.
“Politics is a game of number and Edo South has more advantage because it consist of about 58.2 percent of the state population while the remaining two, Edo Central and North share the rest percentage.
“Edo Central is the least. In the present political dispensation, the zone has not had a full shot at the governorship. I think it is worthwhile that they be supported. But this can only happen if all three major political parties chose a candidate from the zone.”
He noted: “This is achievable since the three state party chairmen all come from the zone, including the national chairman of LP party, Barr. Julius Abure. The onus is on them to persuade their members to choose someone from the area as candidate.”
The former Uhunmwonde Local Government Council Chairman, who recently received a National Honour of ‘Officer of the Federal Republic’ (OFR), said Edo 2024 elections would be free and fair as the introduction of BVAS would make it impossible for the election to be rigged.
“Edo 2024 governorship election will be free and fair, because the introduction of BVAS has made it difficult for election to be rigged in Nigeria. This last election was a free and fair election. Where sitting governors could not make it to the senate.
“Former President, Muhammadu Buhari lost in his home state, Kastina, Samuel Ortom could not make it to the senate. I even lost my ward. In Enugu, the former governor was unable to win the senate seat too.
“That is one-thirds of the state. So, Edo 2024 will be free and fair. Some people say APC will win because Tinubu is the president. It will not be easy. The next governor of Edo State must be a home boy and not an imported financial magician.
“This time around, nobody will come to tell us, he is this or that in Lagos or London. He must be one of us who knows everywhere, not an imported financial guru,” he said.
On the Presidential Elections Petition Tribunal (PEPT), Idahosa declared the judgement as perfect, noting that the election ab initio was a victim of the social media.
He said a lot of things happened on the social media that you cannot verify. How can somebody tell me that if you do not win Abuja, you will not win the presidency? Are the people of Abuja different from other Nigerians?
“I do not understand. People put sentiment in the judgement. Some say there is watermark while others say Babatunde Fashola prepared the judgement. Many even say Justice Odili wrote the judgement.
“I have read the judgement and it is very clear and there is no ambiguity. I believe President Bola Tinubu will make Nigeria great again,” he explained.