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An aspirant in the Edo State governorship election slated for 2016, Mr. Calsey Omon- Irabor has advised the leaders of Edo Central zone to negotiate with other senatorial zones if they must produce the next governor in the state.
Omon- Irabor, who is contesting on the platform of the All Progressives Party, APC, said this has become important in view of the interest already been shown by various zones in the exalted seat after the expiration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s tenure in 2016.
According to him, Edo State is need of a governor who is not a godson to any godfather, saying that said such a governor must be ready to give the state a new lease of life, and not see winning the governorship race in 2016 as a do-or-die affair.
The frontline APC aspirant who is campaigning that Edo Central produce the next governorship candidate of the APC insisted that he does not need a political godfather to win the APC’ governorship ticket.
Omon- Irabor, who expressed his total support for the Esan people of Edo Central Senatorial district to produce the next governor come 2016, told journalists in Benin weekend, said he had by now expect traditional rulers from the area and other leaders to be holding meetings with the leaders from Edo South and Edo North on how power should be transferred the zone.
He insisted that the best way to go about the Esan agenda was to negotiate and lobby the two other senatorial zones as politics was a game of numbers, noting that being a minority in the state with a population of about 17 percent, the zone on its own cannot produce the governor.
“I had expected the Enigie (traditional rulers) of Esan land would by now be holding meetings with the Binis, the Afemais, undertaking an underground lobbying, I expect them to call the Esan indigenes that are interested in the governorship race to come together and tell them, let us have a common voice, tell them that three of you cannot be governor, there are other positions to be shared such as the SSG, etc
“By telling them that it must be our turn you are invariably making trouble, indirectly telling them that it is not our turn”, saying that what they should be doing now is to tell the Bini people to support the Esan agenda having supported them to produce Chief John Odigie – Oyegun and Chief Lucky Igbiniedion as past governors of the state”, he stressed.
Omon-Irabor insisted that the Enigie (traditional rulers) were not sincere in their pursuit of the Esan agenda, adding that instead of negotiating, they sit in one place issuing statements on why the Esan should produce the next governor.
On his aspiration, the human rights lawyer and activist vowed to work for the interest of the Edo people if voted into office as the next governor of the state, saying that from his pedigree as a lawyer, he had what it takes to govern the state.

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