Executive Director, Media Affairs, Governor’s Office, Mr. John Mayaki, has called on APC delegates at tomorrow’s primary to be guided by the need to sustain the tempo of development by Governor Adams Oshiomhole in casting their votes.
In a statement issued from Benin yesterday entitled, “We Risk Flameout in Saturday’s ‘Big Gamble’, Mayaki said, “whatever achievements and gains recorded throughout the Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole’s administration could be worthless, if we miss it on Saturday – and as such, delegates must use their tongue to count their teeth, so as not to risk a futuristic flameout on the state”.
“It’s a ‘big gamble’ on Saturday”, Mayaki observed. “We stand the risk of losing all our achievements, if the right person is not elected to fly the party’s flag at the general election. A mistake would be very expensive, especially at this critical time in our nation’s history. Only the delegates would deliver us from this political death-cage by voting somebody who believes in Edo state and has capacity to manage it”.
According to Mayaki, “My concern is just as yours; can we get the best to emerge the party’s flag bearer? From benefit of hindsight, we have seen the damage which a wrong driver can do to our collective vehicle – the state. We need not take our future into rabbit holes; delegates must be told because that would be strategically dumb and self-defeating.
“I believe we should look for people who will put Edo state first, that will respect traditional institutions, rejuvenate the economy with his wealth of financial experience, create jobs, attract investors and work for the unity of our people across the 192 wards.
“In addition, we need someone with capacity to manage the lean resources prudently and judiciously because, all the aspirants want to do their best for the state, but remember, nobody can give what he does not have. If you don’t have the brain, if you don’t have the knowledge and capacity, you will not be able to do it. So, we need a candidate who can apply the resources creatively”.
“It’s also good to note”, according to Mayaki that “as we go to the polls on Saturday, we must not depend on our momentary obsessions to decide our future. The second gamble in not voting the right candidate is the big error the opposition party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) wants us to make – their fixation and fear is understandable; averse to the aspirant who got Mr. Governor’s blessings.
“The opposition party knows that with Governor Oshiomhole, they are flirting with a political disaster and as such, to consolidate on the Governor’s achievement is to support his choice of aspirant and only then we can go basking in gushy assurances about our future and the sustenance of the Oshiomhole’s legacies.
“As for flame-throwing aspirants and party chieftains, it is high time we put our house together rather than going ballistic and elevating our feuds which certainly will do the fabric of the party fresh damages towards the general election. The blistering allegation of voters’ card buying by some party Chieftains and blackmail towards Mr. Governor is to be heavy–handed on a course we are not in a position to benefit.
“Let us be careful in giving the opposition the rope which they would gladly and promptly hang the party – let’s not turn a minor issue into a political crisis. I appeal to our party members and delegates to support Mr. Governor to seizing the moment and have a bounce in the polls and thereby reversing the PDP’s momentum.
“The people of the state – the workers; civil servants, the artisans, market women, religious leaders, traditional institutions, and the civil society – are counting on the Comrade Governor, and the party to provide positive leadership and this can only be done by taking on the fight that matters on Saturday – to avoid a flameout – we have no luxury of engaging in destructive sideshows”, Mayaki advised.