By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
VICE-PRESIDENT Namadi Sambo, yesterday, in Benin-City, assured that the 14, July 2012 governorship election in Edo State would be free and fair in line with the policy and transformation agenda of the Federal Government.
“I want to seize this singular opportunity to say that following the policy of this administration of transformation, in 2011, for the first time in the history of Nigeria, we had a fair and free election”, Sambo stated.
“This election in Edo will also be free and fair; it will be in the message of `one man, one vote’. Do not allow yourself to do anything that will bring chaos”.
The Vice-President, who is also the Chairman of Edo PDP Campaign Committee for the election, spoke at the Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City while flagging-off the party’s campaign for the July election.
Besides, he called on the people of Edo State to cast their votes on the basis of `one man one vote’’and make the state a PDP state like other states in the South-south geopolitical zone governed by the party.
Also speaking at the occasion, the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, said with the leadership of Chief Tony Anenih, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia and Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin, the Edo PDP was in good hands, saying “with the party’s victory in Edo, South-South will be complete”.
Former Chairman, Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, while appreciating the large turnout of people at the stadium, said “the crowd is to prove a point that PDP is on ground in Edo”, adding that the party does not run on the pages of newspapers.
According to him, “With the presence of Dr. S.O. Ogbemudia and Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the circle is completed”.
Earlier in his speech, Ogbemudia, a two-time governor of the old Mid-west and Bendel States, assured that all Edo South indigenes and voters were ready to acquit themselves creditably on July 14.
The state Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, while addressing the rally, promised that, if voted into power, a PDP government would restore the state’s lost glory in sports, pointing out that a large crowd of people at the stadium was an indication of the party’s readiness to take back government in the state.