By Victor Ahiuma-Young
A GROUP, under the umbrella of Vanguard for a Better Edo (VBE), has called on the People Democratic Party (PDP) and their alleged agents posing as public commentators as well as Coalition of Registered Political Parties (CRPP) in Edo State, to stop distracting the state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, with fabricated and laughable allegations in their desperation to return the state to the era of retrogression.
The group lamented that instead of extending hands of fellowship to the Comrade governor to move the state forward, VBE said people it describes as â€œanti-development forces and agents of backwardnessâ€ have developed a passion for disparaging the governor almost on daily basis on the pages of newspapers.
VBE in a statement by its National Coordinator andÂ Director of Grassroots Mobilisation, Messrs Donatus Ossai and Bernard Efosa, advised leaders of PDP, their agents masquerading as social/public commentators and disgruntled elements within the CRPP to put their time in more creative things rather than cooking up unprovable allegations and maligning the personality of the Comrade governor.
The group posited that it was cocksure that the quarrel of PDP and its agents was not because they lost the election re-run into Edo State House of Assembly for Akoko-Ado Constituency 1, but because Nigerians are beginning to find anti-dote to their rigging machine.
VBE statement read in part:Â â€œWe, are shocked by the continued attacks on the person of the Comrade governor by the leaders of PDP, their agents who pose as social/public commentators, over the obvious defeat of PDP.”
by the AC inÂ election re-run into Edo state House of Assembly for Akoko-Ado Constituency 1. Though the positions of PDP, some elements of the CRPP who openly declared their support for the PDP before the election, and some known discredited politicians cum public commentators and social critics are expected and can be explained, we see it as cowardice and deceitful the new trend by known party chieftains who have become emergency public commentators just to attack and discredit the Edo state government. Every Nigerian knows that PDP only thrives in election rigging.
PDP members never believed in free and fair election, but rigging. If they are so convinced that the election was rigged, they should go to the law court to prove their case.â€
â€œWe are cocksure that the quarrel of PDP and its agents is not actually because they lost, but because Nigerians are beginning to find anti-dote to their rigging machine. We want to advise the PDP and its agents that their continued attacks on and disparaging of the person of the Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, over an election conducted and supervised by federal institution and agencies, is not only laughable, but goes to show their desperation to pull back the wheel of progress in the state.â€