Don’t Waste Your Time, Pastor! (Part One)
This topic is among others – warehoused before the election proper but, the sea of people seen thronging out, especially in Edo Central to catch a glimpse of Godwin Obaseki and Philip Shaibu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship and deputy governorship candidates could not hold it back – it forced itself from the storage.
To add fillip to this, was Senator Ehigie Uzamere who returned to the party that gave him platform when he needed it most. Foundation members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) are now with the APC leaving the PDP a shell – exodus on daily basis. However, this is not to advise a withdrawal from the race except he wishes to.
From Edo South to Edo Central to Owan West and Owan East down to Akoko-Edo and still counting there are tell-tales, handwritings on the walls and signals that it’s time-up for PDP – the more so, the Akoko-Edo and Jattu outings today.
The Oshiomhole’s dancing steps, agility and gesticulations – giving hope to the people – is enough intimidation for the PDP – they are already complaining that the Comrade has taken campaigns to another height and it’s becoming difficult for them to comprehend. I think we need more of it – never mind if it runs their belly – so far the purpose is achieved.
Talking very seriously, Pastor has forty days to cobble together the remains of his party before challenging Obaseki’s magniloquence campaign necessary to win the Osadebey Avenue race.
Forty days from this publication is a lot of time in life, but not much in a governorship campaign of the PDP – the PDP that we see today.
The most precious asset any governorship candidate has is time. Mr. Ize-Iyamu’s must be wisely invested in local governments and wards that are on the bubble, especially ones he may be able to take from the APC column – if there are.
Start from Senatorial Districts – Pastor shouldn’t go near Edo North and if at all, maybe to refuel while on transit. He shouldn’t waste his time there – at least, he saw how the people of Akoko-Edo heralded Godwin and Shaibu today – in the similitude of the triumphant entry. You saw enthusiastic old men and women jockeying for space – you saw people struggling to be counted and to crown it all, the Oshiomhole style!
Although there are a handful of octogenarian PDPs such as Col. Tunde Akogun, Chief Johnson Emasealu among others unfortunately, they no longer can eat a cow in the time it took them to brush their teeth when Mr. Fix it had teeth to bite.
Here, you talk of the Domingos, the Akpatasons, the Adjotos, the Emilos, the Jemitolas, among other political generalissimos who will corner the substantive votes needed for the sail.
In this local government, Oshiomhole’s achievements will speak for him just as the role unity in the party will play – all these, the PDP does not enjoy. It’s a no-go-area for the PDP and the votes will bear me witness come September 10th. In all sincerity, he sure will pick up some crumbs!
Let’s not discuss the three Etsakos – West, East and Central – it’s one-way block-votes. Here, you have Mr. Governor and the Distinguished Senator. Here too, you have the running mate to the APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki – Comrade Philip Shaibu among other personalities and factors not needed for this discussion.
Like I said earlier, he can refuel his car here, since there is a federal road that cuts across these local government areas – for Pastor to expect votes here, is to waste his time. Remember, time is not your friend – the carnival in Jatau today, is a pointer!
In Owan West and Owan East, Professor Julius Ihonvbere is a household name – na im bi dis – he will bring his political pressure to bear. Don’t forget, House of Representatives man, Mr. Pally Iriase – the ‘political iroko’ is here. Am sure you know former Deputy Governor, Rev. Peter Obadan, Comrade Abdul Oroh, Abolagba, Ogedengbe, Asiens, Victoria Amu, Obasuke among others.
All these among other political foot soldiers of the Comrade Governor will stand to bear their father’s name – and the crumbs will go to the Pastor, nobody can deny him of this.
In aggregate, the crumbs from Akoko-Edo and the fragments from Owan West and Owan East without a snifter from Etsako is the expectation of the PDP in Edo North – Pastor, Don’t Waste Your Time – the game is Over! See you in part two…….