By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€” Edo State government yesterday described as laughable the allegation by the Peoplesâ€™ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state that Governor Adams Oshiomhole intimidated and influenced voters in last weekendâ€™s re-run election in Etsako Central local government area.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Mr. Charles Idahosa, who briefed news-men at Government House, Benin City, yesterday, said with the successful conduct of the election, the era of godfatherism and imposition of candidates was over in the state.
Why PDP lost
He recalled that the former PDP Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, had fought all successive governments in the state, including that of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, adding that it was as a result of his over-bearing attitude in the politics of the state that members of PDP were decamping to Action Congress (AC).
According to him, â€œthere is an exciting and interesting parallel to draw from the political milieu in Edo State, with the salvation episode of more than 2,000 years ago.
â€œIt is widely acknowledged that Edo State and her people have been groaning under the suffocating political grip of a godless clan of greedy political adventurers under the leadership of Chief Tony Anenih.
‘Previous govs hounded’
â€œSuccessive administrations, particularly that of Chief Odigie-Oyegun, Chief Lucky Igbinedion and most recently, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, will not be in a hurry to forget their confrontation with the political behemoth and his parasitic band of loyalists and hangers-on.
â€œAdmittedly, each of them may have had weak points and inadequacies, but the leader ensured that over-bearing demands were made of them.
â€œIn Edo State, he made all critical decisions on behalf of the party, including the selection of who becomes governor, senators, council chairmen and what have you, from the comfort of his bedroom.
â€œHis decisions were final. But at a gathering of the PDP in Ewohimi a few months ago, he made a terrible mistake by firing scurrilous missiles at the wrong target.â€