Chairman of Oredo local government council in Edo State, Mr Osaro Obaze, has urged the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to avoid previous mistakes by providing level playing field for all gubernatorial aspirants.
According to him, Edo of 2016 cannot be Edo of 2008, and warned that failure to ensure transparency in the conduct of the forthcoming primaries would create unnecessary crises in the party.
He also urged the party to shun endorsement and imposition of favoured aspirants by a godfather, adding that such move was capable of resulting in grave political consequences.
“A proper primary election must be conducted to ensure that the candidate that will emerge will enjoy 70% – 80% general acceptance by the party followers in particular and appeal to the electorate in general.”
“For the avoidance of doubts, let me remind our leaders of the danger of one person playing the role of godfatherism and trying to impose a candidate against the wishes of the member of the party,” Obaze said at a press briefing in Benin City.
He warned against the repeat of the 2015 general elections in which the party suffered losses on all fronts.
“This is against the recent events in last year’s presidential and national assembly election in which the party suffered huge losses as a result of imposition of candidates in Ovia federal constituency, that is, Osahon vs Charity Amayamvbo.”
“Let me also remind our esteemed delegates that unlike previous election, the comrade governor is not going to be in the ballot paper. It is therefore, imperative that we shun the antics of godfather and embrace the rule of democratic process, as the candidate that will emerge from the contesting political parties will be voted for on the basis of their antecedents.”
On reports that he will vote against his party, he said, “let me also say that at no time did I say that I will vote for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. Such insinuation was the handiwork of my political detractors who want to pull me down politically.”
“In the same vein, I want to state categorically that nobody can force me out of the APC because I was a foundation member of the ACN which changed its name to the APC,” noting that unless the APC gets their acts together and do things rightly, some of its loyalists could vote against the party.
He warned that, “no amount of intimidation, irrespective of the quarters it is coming from, I am a beneficiary of the democratic process in the ACN (now APC) on whose platform I was elected chairman of Oredo Local government council.”
“Finally, let me reiterate that the comrade governor has raised the political awareness and consciousness to a level that he is leaving Edo State and its people more politically enlightened”.

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