By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State weekend declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State ahead of time, by allowing former Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, anoint Professor Chukwuma Soludo as the candidate of the party without due process.
He described Chief Anenih as an out-dated politician, adding that it would have been better for Professor Soludo to have sought the mandate of the people of Anambra State alone than seeking the support of Chief Anenih whom, according to him, was chased away from Edo State due to his alleged dictatorial tendencies and undemocratic style of politics.
Oshiomhole, who declared this while receiving over 7,000 PDP members who decamped to Action Congress (AC) in Etsako Central local government area of the state, expressed disappointment over the way Professor Soludo emerged as the PDP candidate and expressed doubt over the possibility of him becoming the governor of Anambra State.
His words: â€œYesterday, some people went to Anambra, the man who changed his name to Anene.
â€œNo longer the lion that can de-register the Elumeses, the Ereweles. He is finished. And you know something, the man he raised his hand, a whole former Governor of the Central Bank, a whole Professor, became a leprous politician.
â€œYet about nineteen governors were going to campaign for him, nobody turned up, even his godfather, because he is already no more, he could not even turn up. Do you not see that the bush we started burning in Edo State has gone beyond River Niger?
â€œSo I ask you, never allow anybody ask you again after this time, who are you? Because they are drunk with power you shall tell them I am the creator of God.
â€œThat God is the only one you need. In any case, those who thought they are something, God has shown them that they are nothing. Yesterday, they could not go to Anambra where they have boasted they were going to work. That shows you that they have failed already, AnambraÂ people have rejected them.
â€œIt was in this Etsako Central that Chief Anenih told the people of Edo North that it is not yet their time to be governor, as if he is God. The greatest punishment we can inflict on those agents of darkness who have underdeveloped our state over the past ten years of PDP misrule, the greatest punishment I have decided to inflict on them is to do those things they failed to do.
â€œFrom Edo North to Edo Central, Edo South, before the end of the year, all the roads that we have designed, including the one connecting to Uromi (Anenihâ€™s domain),Â I am going to construct them to a standard.
â€œThat is the greatest punishment we will inflict on those who have under developed Uromi. They must be alive to see Edo State going from strength to strength. They must not die soon. They must be alive to see the Esan man wake up in the morning to open the tap because this governor has imported two heavy duty borehole machine that will dig up to 3,300ft.
â€œWe will deploy them to various senatorial districts, including Uromi, to make the point that if there can be water in Nova hotel (belonging to Anenih), every other Uromi man must also have water.
â€œWhen I said I wanted to employ 10,000 people, he tried to frustrate me because they hate anything good. But I told them I will do it and my God has never failed me.â€