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2016: Forget PDP victory in Edo, Senator Obende tells Jonathan

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By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN — THE senator representing Edo North constituency in the National Assembly, Senator Domingo Obende, has told President Goodluck Jonathan to think about winning his own election in 2015 rather than winning Edo State in 2016, saying that winning Edo will be a tall dream for his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He described the President’s boast that PDP will capture Edo and Rivers in 2015 and 2016 as laughable, just as he described the former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Tom Ikimi and others who defected to PDP in Edo State, as political “prostitutes, who have lost touch with members of their constituencies.”

The APC senator, who was reacting to comments by President Jonathan and Ikimi that the PDP will capture Edo State come 2015 and 2016, said that the defectors went to the stadium to “deceive the President that they will win Edo,” adding: “What should bother Jonathan now is about winning his own election and not winning Edo State because these people cannot win their wards during elections for Jonathan.”

Domingo, who is seeking a second term in the Senate and the only APC senator in Edo State, said: “I heard them say they will win Edo and Rivers States, but let me tell you, APC in Rivers is solidly on ground.”

You guys are reporters and in Edo State and you know what is going on. APC today is the party to beat in Edo State.

“At that PDP rally, did you see anybody of substance politically?  I didn’t see anybody serious, because when you talk of seriousness it must be people who can hold to their value and credibility. You can’t take political prostitutes and put them together to say you can win Edo State, how?

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