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2020 governorship election: APC not losing Edo state, Oshiomhole assures


The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has assured that the APC was not at risk of losing Edo state in the 2020 governorship election in the state.

Oshiomhole, who gave the assurance on Friday, while briefing state house correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, along with 36 states’ party Chairmen, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said he had invested too much personal efforts into building APC, and would not do anything to undermine it.

According to the APC national chairman, those in the opposition party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), “that could be a stumbling block in the state have joined their ancestors.”

He said: “Let me reassure you, APC is not at risk of losing Edo state in the next election. Edo people have accepted APC as a preferred party since 2008 when I assumed office and if you look at the result of elections, it shows that the people have faith in our party, on the basis of the performance of the government that the party has produced, both when I was there and even when I had left.

“We are committed to retaining Edo, particularly now that we have Bayelsa added to Edo, the more reason we cannot do anything which in our opinion, can possibly lead to APC losing Edo State, if anything, if you have been monitoring what is going on, more and more people are coming to join the APC in Edo.

“If they have fears that we may lose, nobody will leave PDP to join APC. So if people are leaving PDP to come and join APC in Edo State, that is the most potent, bold statement, about the level of confidence that even the people in the opposition recognize that if they want to be government, the party to join is the APC.”

Further speaking, he expressed confidence that the crises in Edo state will be resolved peacefully.

He stated: “That I come from a place does not mean that the place cannot have a quarrel. You will be exceptionally lucky as husbands and wives if you do not have misunderstandings with your spouses and sometimes, your children. If anybody suggests that whenever you have arguments in the family house the family may go under, the person may be a poor student of human history and human organization.

“I believe that the issues in Edo and in every other state, will be resolved peacefully, to the benefit, not just of the party, but of the people in those states.”

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