ACN With Oshiomholle - PDP Is Not Talking
With Oshiomholle - PDP Is Not Talking. The Edo State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria, (ACN) concluded its referendum (not campaign) last Friday where its brand, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole was given the nod to continue With his good work in the state. Edo people in the 18 council areas gave a resounding yes to his quest to remain their chief servant in the next four years.
This will further be confirmed and given the stamp of authority come July 14, about six weeks from now. When the referendum train moved to the nooks and crannies of the state in the last four weeks, it was a cry for more dividends of democracy from a people thirsty for the good things of life. A people that have suffered all kinds of deprivations and neglect in the hands of their past leaders—leaders they freely gave their mandate in the spirit of social contract only for it to be betrayed. Now they have seen a miracle worker who has come to wipe out their tears. So, why should they let him go? They hold on tight to him, crying on his shoulders to continue the good work started November 2008.
Edo people are enlightened and they are politically conscious of their rights, this is why no mortal will exchange their apple for orange. Oshiomhole is a sweet home- grown apple, a blessing to our dear state and indeed Nigeria. The grand design by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to rob Edo people of their apple was truncated recently by the Independent National Electoral Commission ,INEC.
The PDP, in collusion With some dubious and greedy INEC officials had perfected plans to pad the electoral registers in the 192 wards in the state With some strange names. The registers were also to be mutilated and the names joggled up to give the PDP an undeserved advantage at the polls.
By the time a voter goes round from one polling unit to the other looking for his/her name to cast vote, he/she gets tired and frustrated, the good intention is defeated as he/she abandons it and goes home. Of course, everybody knows that there is time limit for accreditation and actual voting. To further compound the problem of the innocent voter, movement is restricted on voting day.
This was the evil plot of the PDP. To successfully execute this wicked agenda, these agents of darkness deployed 472 fully calibrated Direct Data Capture Machines to all the wards. Were they preparing for a fresh voter registration exercise? One may be tempted to ask. There have been precedence in Adamawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Bayelsa and Kogi states where gubernatorial polls took place and continuous voters’ exercise were held in the council headquarters only.
To God be the glory, it remains in the realm of the dream of the old man who chose to have a nap in the afternoon out of sheer idleness. Even the PDP chair in the state, Chief Dan Orbih has been rolling about the whole place shouting wildly that his party was going to return to Osadebey Avenue. But they have been disappointed big time.
The fighting Comrade has kicked them in the ass. In my last piece on this forthcoming Edo State polls, I did say that Oshiomhole has remained a thorn in the skin of the PDP and this will be so perhaps until 2016. The PDP is one party that has never believed in election nay, power of the ballot. Rather, it believes in consensus.
And it makes no pretences about it, hence it is firmly entrenched in its constitution. As the ACN is strategising and criss-crossing the nooks and crannies of the state meeting With the people, traditional rulers, students, market women, professional bodies, farmers, artisans, drivers, okada riders etc, the PDP is busy holding nocturnal meetings, oiling its rigging machines and plotting how to subvert the people’s will come July 14.
The God of equity, fairness and development will surely thwart their evil plot in day time. But one should really sympathise With the PDP because you do Not give what you do Not have. Again, what is the party and its product going to tell the Edo people, especially after a wasted opportunity? Here is a party trusted With a mandate but chose to fritter it away like the Biblical prodigal son.
Unfortunately for the party, this may never come its way again in this generation. Ironically, its product is Not of this generation because he is Airhiavbere. What a perfect name, given the circumstance the PDP has found itself in Edo State. So, one is Not really surprised that the party is Not Talking to the people of the state.
As Oshiomhole is pointing at concrete achievements on ground as dividends of democracy, Airehiavbere is still seeing hope. This man deserves sympathy as the hawks in the PDP only lured him out of his shell for political embarrassment.
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