Prince Odi Okojie, Husband of Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson Okojie, and a former aspirant of Federal House of Representatives, has recounted his ordeal with incumbent Governor of Edo State, Governor Obaseki during the state’s direct primary election.
He said “For the benefit of those who are good students of history, in October 2018 just before the 2019 general elections, the NWC of APC adopted the Direct Primaries method for the National and State Assembly elections in Edo State.
I was a key player in that election process as an aspirant for the National Assembly elections. Ordinarily, i would have preferred the indirect primaries, because, one would be able to play around and interact one on one with the delegates by way of persuation, negotiation and lobby.
But the Governor and the former Edo State APC Chairman, Aslem Ojezua advocated tirelessly for the direct primaries in agreement with the NWC on the mode of Primaries in Edo State.
On the other hand, I was extremely excited when the direct primaries method was adopted. I knew it was going to be the case of popularity contest, considering my political sophistry. I also enjoyed the overwhelming support of my party leaders within the Federal Constituency I was to represent.
As a grassroot mobilizer, the leading aspirant and the most acceptable, i was prepared and ready for the direct primaries having campaigned vigorously and tirelessly within my federal Constituency.
The good news was that i did won the primaries. But very unfortunately, the dictator and General Obaseki the Idi Amin of Edo State, gave my mandate to someone else for reasons best known to him. Sadly, all the candidates handpicked by the Emperor Governor Obaseki lost woefully to the opposition PDP.
It would have been nearly impossible for us to record such number of votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in Edo State if not for the timely intervention of Comrade Adams Oshiomole, who enjoys the love and enormous support of Edolites.
It is on record that I was the only leader that won his polling unit, ward and by extension my local government. Ironically, the dictator, Emperor Obaseki failed abysmally by losing his polling unit, ward, LG and Senatorial district. That was how myopic and politically naive he could be.
I wonder why he has suddenly developed a cold feet and goose pimples for a direct primary that ought to show the level of his strength and popularity. For me, this is a case of
“one good turn deserves another” just as what goes around comes around. You can’t eat your cake and have it. What is good for the goose is also good for the gander.
Consequently, Gov Obaseki should please stop over hitting the polity and prepare for the direct primaries. Since you boasted that the edo people love you and are solidly with you, this is an opportunity for you to show your popularity and acceptability. I can assure you that 98% of the electorates in Edo State do not want you back as their Governor. You will barely get an average of 8% in the total votes cast across the state on the 22nd of June, 2020.
My advice to you is to honorably withdraw from the Gubernatorial race to avoid embarrassment. But until then, let me join the good people of Edo State, to Say Bye Bye to Governor Obaseki. Now that the Daniel has come to judgement, who will bell the cat?, as said by the former aspirant for Esan North East/Esan South East federal constituency.
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