By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- SENATOR Clifford Ordia, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Edo Central said yesterday that PDP candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize- Iyamu will win the Edo State gubernatorial election slated for September 28, just as he stressed that the PDP would resist any form of rigging and manipulation by the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Speaking yesterday, Senator Ordia who noted that the PDP was fully prepared to win the governorship election, said that no amount of intimidation would distract them, or deter the people from exercising their franchise, adding that the people of Edo should come out en-masse and vote for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Ordia who is the Deputy Chairman of the Senate committee on Works, said that the maladministration of APC-led government in the state in the last eight years has given Edo people no choice, but to choose a more credible candidate from the PDP, just as he warned security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC not to make themselves willing tools in the hands of those he termed, desperate politicians.
Senator Ordia said, “In my Senatorial District, APC has no chance. We have put everything in place to checkmate plans by APC to rig. We will resist it. We know that the APC is desperate and they are doing everything to frustrate voters, but it will not work.
“The APC knew they were going to loose the election and they decided to shift the election. Even if they want to shift it by another one year, PDP will still win. APC has no chance in Edo state. Edo is a PDP state and we will prove that during the election.
“I want to also call on INEC and security agencies. They must maintain neutrality during the election. They should not allow themselves to be used. They must ensure that voters are not harassed or beaten up.
“I want to equally caution security agencies not to be used too to snatch ballot boxes. I am making this call because we have seen or heard cases in the past where security agencies reportedly connived with INEC officials to deny Nigerians their voting rights.
“I want to urge President Buhari not to allow Oshiomhole’s personal greed to throw Edo state into chaos. Mr. President must caution INEC not to be used to rig the election in favour of APC.
“The values of one man, one vote which brought Oshiomhole to power have been abandoned. He is now desperate to impose his candidate on Edo people and we have rejected that. Edo people have rejected Oshiomhole and his candidate.”