More than a year after the Edo South senatorial election ended, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Samson Osagie, said he did not lose because of his unpopularity, but because the election was conducted on the same day as the presidential polls.
The former minority whip in the House of Representatives was reacting to a media report credited to Governor Adams Oshiomhole that he lost the election because he was unpopular and could not even win his constituency.
Osagie, who is now backing the Deputy Governor, Pius Odubu, in the race for the APC governorship primaries slated for June 18, said he lost to Jonathan, adding that “everybody knew that if that election was not combined, there was no way I would have lost.”
He said the implication of his loss to the Peoples Democratic Party’s Matthew Urhoghide was grave for Edo APC, pointing out that it has become imperative for him to set the record straight in view of what was said by Governor Oshiomhole on his loss.
He described himself as a popular politician, who twice won elections into the House of Representatives, promising to give his all to ensure that the APC wins the September 18 governorship election.
“For some people to say that I lost that election because I was not popular is to be economical with the truth. Everybody knew that if that election was not combined, there was no way I would have lost. The point is clear that those who have continued to echo the loss of that election to my candidacy remain the sycophants that they are and they are not telling the world the truth.
“For those who want to give the impression that I lost that election because I was not popular, they just want to sweep under the carpet the various issues that accounted for the loss of that election.’’


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