Osh­iom­hole shouldn’t rely on thugs to win elec­tion –Obaseki

The Punch - - TODAY - Sola Shittu, Benin

SPE­CIAL Ad­viser to the Edo State Gov­er­nor on Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Strat­egy, Mr Cru­soe Osagie, on Sun­day urged the Na­tional Chair­man of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress, Adams Osh­iom­hole, to con­cen­trate on win­ning elec­tions by the per­for­mance of the party and not by re­ly­ing on thugs and vi­o­lence for elec­toral vic­tory.

In a state­ment in Benin, Osagie said Osh­iom­hole was only try­ing to cover up his in­or­di­nate am­bi­tion to be the ul­ti­mate god­fa­ther in Edo State and usurp the will of the or­di­nary peo­ple of the state.

he said, “Even his al­le­gory of pol­i­tics be­ing like a for­est with dan­ger­ous an­i­mals is a poor ex­cuse to con­tinue to per­pet­u­ate thug­gery and to keep the col­lec­tive pat­ri­mony un­der the con­trol of a few greedy and vi­o­lent peo­ple in the name of win­ning units and ward elec­tions.

“Good gov­er­nance re­mains the surest path to­wards win­ning elec­tions es­pe­cially when you are com­mit­ted to free and fair and cred­i­ble elec­tions de­void of the kind of vi­o­lence wit­nessed in re­cent elec­tions in the coun­try.

“So in­stead of try­ing to pacify the vi­o­lent and the law­less just be­cause you want to win elec­tions, Osh­iom­hole should sup­port the stel­lar per­for­mance be­ing dis­played by Gov­er­nor God­win Obaseki in Edo State, that way, he will not need the ser­vices of his thugs to win the next elec­tion.”

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