Ikimi can’t win Edo for you, Oshiomhole tells Jonathan
Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole has said
it was a tall dream for President Goodluck
Jonathan to think that the defection of Chief Tom
Ikimi to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
would sway its victory in the state.
Oshiomhole, who was reacting to the boast by
President Jonathan that the PDP would recapture
Edo next year and 2016, said it was unfortunate
that the President was being deceived by PDP
leaders in the state.
The governor, who spoke through his Political
Adviser, Hon Charles Idahosa, said the President
should have checked how many persons defected
with Ikimi to the PDP.
Idahosa said the Bini, who constitutes over 50 per
cent of the population of Edo State, have been
marginalised by the PDP-led Federal Government.
He said it was a dream for the President to think
that Esan godfathers would win Edo for him.
The political adviser said: “Ikimi said he left APC
because after cooking the food people came and
stole both the pot and the food. But in this case,
he forgot that it was Ize-Iyamu who cooked those
who left the APC for PDP.
“But Ikimi went to the stadium to hijack the show
by introducing Ize-Iyamu instead of Ize-Iyamu
introducing him to the President.
“Ize-Iyamu who did all the cooking was now a
spectator. Dr. Ogbemudia was never mentioned
there, former Governor Lucky Igbinedion was
seated there, his father was also seated and none
of them were asked to speak, yet President
Jonathan is boasting that PDP will win Edo, that is
“We will deal with them in February. As we speak
today there is no Bini man or woman who is a
minister, permanent secretary, so what is the PDP
going to tell Bini people that will make them vote
“The days of rigging are over. We are going to deal
with them. Every appointment is in Esan, Uromi in
particular. It is a wild dream to say they will win
“The All Progressives Congress (APC)
administration shared all the positions equally
without any discrimination, so PDP will never win
here, the Bini will decide where the votes go.”
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