Edo 2016 Governorship Election: The Inevitable Fall Of The PDP By Oteghe Adams
The result was astounding, the All Progressive Congress membership and mass supporters across the state reaffirmed their confidence in the ruling party by subduing the PDP with about 70,000( seventy thousand ) votes gap in the total aggregate.
This is the factual narrative of how the ‘’ House of Igbinedion ‘’ Crumbled in Ovia North East Local Government Area and, how the Oduma , the supposed ‘ Lion’ of Esan Land ,former External Affairs Minister, Tom Ikimi sneaked out of Igueben Local Government with miao-like cries of a domesticated cat following his disgraceful defeat. Indeed, this is an indisputable story of how all the self-acclaimed ‘Irokos’ of the PDP , from the ( Aleogho) High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, to the PDP State Chairman often referred to as the Kulukulu 1 (Commanding –General) Chief Dan Orbih and factional PDP Governorship candidate Osagie Ize Iyamu all failed to deliver their vaunted political home fronts. The intelligence and trust of the Edo Electorate should not be further insulted by the so-called PDP leaders. Rather the Dan Orbih-Tony Anenih’s devious conclave should humbly tender their letters of resignations from their positions as the first step of apology to the duped PDP members for taking them into a battle where humiliation and defeat were the certain outcomes.
It would have been expected that the Edo state leadership of the PDP would at least display some grace and respect for the unquestionable verdict of the Edo electorate in the just concluded Governorship Election, that a modicum of dignity, honour and honesty will be demonstrated in the reaction of PDP to what was obviously a uniquely free, fair and significantly violence-free exercise. For any unbiased participant and observer of the September 28th Election, the scenario of the historic date was completely different from the doomsday prediction of the PDP.
Across the voting units and the wards, incontrovertible reports indicate that the voters, the market women, the civil servants, the teachers, the pensioners of various political stripes related in friendly manner during the voting exercise. Even in situations where spirited and vigorous conversations ensued among the voters about preferences for their candidates, such engagements never degenerated to the gruesome level of anarchic acrimony that Ize-Iyamu’s campaign had secretly calibrated.
Rather than join the rest of the country and international observers in commending Edo State electorate for the patient and enthusiastic performance of their civic responsibility, the Ize-Iyamu’s group has resorted to its characteristic theatrics: the seeming delusive pattern of perpetual denial of reality and psychopathic inclination to blame other people and agencies for their failure. The leadership of Edo PDP has unfortunately resorted to insulting and negating the collective will of the people of Edo State as expressed on September 28th by alleging rigging and other invented excuses for the party’s abysmal defeat. The failed hierarchy of the PDP has shamelessly continued with the same line of lies that they purveyed to their followers right from the beginning of this electoral exercise; the sorry story being peddled now by the former governorship candidate is from the same booklet of political scam that he ,Ize-Iyamu, canvassed during the election. Nearly seventy percent of the Edo electorate wisely and clearly rejected the menu of fanciful but poisonous tales from Ize-Iyamu at the polls and opted for credibility and integrity within the paradigm of progressive continuity. The electorate spoke in unison endorsing the economic vision and political mission of the APC and Godwin Obaseki in their 21st Century march to progress.
Perhaps, it is a quality far beyond the moral universe of Edo PDP factional leadership to rise with a spirit of humble courage, to accept defeat with grace, to embrace political challenge with philosophical nobility and deliver a memorable message of congratulations to their opponent. Maybe, such endearing qualities will never be manifested in the lives of a cabal that is wallowing in the Demonic grip of hallucinatory political power and the unquenchable lust for public wealth. And this is a crucial anchor where the post-election conduct and utterances of Ize-Iyamu engenders a lot of curiosity.
The ‘’Pastor ‘’ seems inclined to simultaneously serve God and Mammon. On the one hand, all through the primary nomination process and campaign period including few hours after voting, Ize-Iyamu hardly factored God’s name into his political equation as he attempted to bully his way towards his inordinate terrestrial ambitions, forsaking everything celestial. Now suddenly after the election and having tried but failed to mobilize Edo people around the fake result manufactured by his campaign organization , Pastor Ize-Iyamu now says that his decisions are being guided by the Voices of some Higher Mighty powers. Where were these Higher voices as the bullion van conveying the billion naira from Nigeria’s security funds was being guided through the streets of Benin by Ize-Iyamu ?, to which God was Ize-Iyamu praying when he soaked a fellow University of Benin student in acid during cultists activity, and did Ize-Iyamu remember God as he ‘doctored’ crucial government documents to legitimize the appropriation of prized public lands in Benin GRA for himself and his circle of friends when he was the Secretary to Government under Lucky Igbinedion ? Has Ize-Iyamu even displayed minimum attitude of penitence to qualify for forgiveness from the higher powers? It seems that our supposed Pastor would need a combination of sobriety of thought and spiritual re-birth before he can clearly hear the voice of God that we all desire to worship. We are sinners, the Holy Scripture rightly says. We must also forgive, the Holy Book instructs, but, the scripture did not say we should forget especially when the characters involved have not done any truth-telling.
Let Pastor Ize-Iyamu do what could be of minimal redemption, to immediately step down from the altar of false prophecy and hear the energetic calls of the people to let the incoming government begin work immediately. If Ize-Iyamu was truly ‘’ in the spirit’’, he would concede that very often, the voice of the people is also the voice of God.
If the PDP is to ever regain a modicum of respect with the electorate of Edo State, the party should begin with an earnest exercise of soul-searching and rigorous self-assessment. How can the PDP in good conscience be manufacturing tales of victory and rigging when all the self-baptized giants of the party woefully lost either their polling units, their wards or their entire local government areas; what justification do these self-proclaimed ‘’Irokos’’ have to allege rigging when the truth is that they were nothing but exaggerated Bamboo shrubs when it came to the crucial political ground game on the day of battle.
From High Chief Raymond Dokpesi to the Oduma( the Lion) of Esan Land, Chief Tom Ikhimi , and the members of the self-venerating “ House of Igbinedion” in Ovia South West, they all lost their supposed political home fronts. And from Ovia to the zone of State Party Chairman, often hailed at campaign rallies as the Kululukulu 1( the Commanding General) , Chief Dan Orbih in Etsako Central Local Government Area to , Erie,Ward 10 in Oredo Local Government Area, the cultural and political cradle of the Ize-Iyamus , PDP dangled lifelessly between insignificant wins and total defeat. Not even the combined efforts of the reputed Iyasere of Esan Land, Chief Tony Anenih and the Deputy Governorship candidate of the party, John Yakubu, could deliver a clear win for the PDP in Esan North East Local Government Area. The High Chief of Gbode fell irredeemably low, the factional personality who recently gallivanted around the country seeking and posturing for the national leadership of PDP could not even win his voting unit.
This is the bleak landscape of the map that the PDP membership must carefully re-imagine; it is the sad but true picture that the deceived followers the PDP must now deal with and, perhaps, the unchangeable reality that they must confront. The Ize-Iyamus in their hallucinatory universe may try to write new songs proclaiming the possibility of resurrection for Edo State PDP, but the party of Dan Orbih and Anthony Anenih never had a soul, hence the can be no redemption much less a resurrection. Ize-Iyamu cannot be allowed to open another chapter in his book of political scams; this is the final inglorious burial rites for a plundering economic beast. Edo people have spoken, the chickens have come to roost and History has been manifested with consequence.