By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN CITY – DEPUTY Governor of Edo State, Dr Pius Odubu, weekend, said that the recent victory of Governor Adams Oshiomhole in the just concluded governorship election in the state had ended the politics of ethnicity and money in the state.
He spoke at Government House, Benin City, when the Correspondents Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists led by its interim chairman, Mr. Cajetan Mmuta presented to him a victory card.
He said the election reflected the wishes of the people, who according to him rewarded Oshiomhole’s infrastructural development in the three senatorial districts by giving him victory in the 18 local government areas of the state.
He said: “Our victory was sweet because that was what the people wanted, a man that will perform, not a man who want to be the richest man in the world. It was a wonderful experience, you know Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, couldn’t even get one quarter in any of the seven local government areas in Edo South and we won the 77 wards in Edo South, we thank God.
“Oshiomhole had demonstrated that money can never make the difference again in Edo politics, people don’t fight over how much you bring anymore but they are now fighting for projects that had not been done in their areas. Before now, it was about collecting money and you will get the votes you want but before the election, there was no place we visited that they asked for money.”
“We realised from the word go that anybody who wanted to succeed must first know what the immediate constituency needed or what they thought. We realised that people wanted development, it is sad that at this stage, we are still talking about infrastructures, such as water, roads but that is where we found ourselves and Mr governor is determined to do the greatest good to the greatest number of persons in the shortest possible time and we are all living witnesses to that,” he stated.