AHEAD of Edo State governorship election slated for 2016, a gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Calsey Omon-Irabor has warned that the state is need of a governor who is not a stooge to a godfather.
He said such a governor must be ready to give Edo 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 APC insisted that he does not need a political godfather to win the APC governorship ticket.
He also said the quest by the people of Edo Central senatorial zone to produce the next governor of the state would be a mirage unless the leaders from the area negotiate with other senatorial zones.
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, that 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 to 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.
According to him, “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”, he said, adding 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 insisted that they, the Enigie 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 has what it takes to govern the state.


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