Edo guber: Winners, losers, and implication for Nigeria


After the verbal missiles that had been shot from totally different angles and by totally different people, the gubernatorial election in Edo State has finally come and gone.

The winners and losers have additionally been declared by the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC).

Whereas, the result has made some people politically stronger, it has nevertheless, dampened the political profession of some others.

Amongst these whose political careers might have been boosted are Governor Godwin Obaseki, who has now been described as large killer; Philip Shaibu, the re-elected deputy governor, members of the state Home of Meeting who determined to swim or sink with Obaseki by defecting together with him, and naturally, Governor Nyesom Wike, whose astuteness and political sagacity have continued to amaze the opposition. The truth is, many have attributed the resounding victory to the presence of Wike in Edo, which they claimed might have scared riggers.

The Rivers State Governor, who was the chairman of the PDP marketing campaign Council for the election, courageously led the umbrella social gathering to victory. The folks of Edo are additionally heavy gainers as Obaseki’s return might have saved the state from being hijacked by “lions and tigers” in accordance with the governor.

The PDP can be an enormous gainer. It moved from the principle opposition social gathering simply yesterday to a ruling social gathering in Edo, on a platter of gold.

However, the best loser seems to be Adams Oshiomhole, who was apparently hoping to relaunch again to nationwide relevance utilizing the Edo election as a springboard, assuming it went the way in which of the APC. Osagie Ize-Iyamu might have additionally been badly bruised by the event in Edo State. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has additionally turn into an enormous loser. From controlling a state as late as June to flatly dropping it on account of misadventure of some people, the APC ought to be regretting by now for committing the political hara-kiri.

Sadly too, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State and nationwide chief of the APC, has been named an enormous loser in Edo. Some observers have described the 5-minute feedback on a tv station just lately, calling on the Edo folks to reject Obaseki, as ill-advised. At this time, he has dragged himself into an pointless fray.

Though the election was between Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu, Nigerians throughout the nation noticed it as Oshiomhole’s battle. Earlier than the train, silent prayers had been mentioned to have been mounted by many Nigerians, even those that had been apolitical, for a doable victory for PDP simply to show Oshiomhole a lesson.

The discuss on the town and the expectation of many has been a convincing defeat of Oshiomhole, who many noticed as not solely boastful however had arrogated to himself the powers that had been far above him.

Oshiomhole’s grandstanding had infuriated many Nigerians to no finish.

Obaseki’s victory is seen as having a far-reaching implication for Nigeria and should have written a brand new chapter on how Nigerians ought to method elections going ahead.

Atiku Abubakar, a former vp and presidential candidate of the PDP within the 2019 normal election, mentioned: “No victory could possibly be sweeter than this, and I heartily congratulate the governor, and the great folks of Edo State for his or her resilience within the face of the forces arrayed towards them.”

Earlier than the election, it was thought that the safety brokers can be compromised and that the INEC could possibly be brow-beaten to do the unthinkable.

A pointer that the Oshiomhole issue might have led to Edo politics is the large hole between Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu’s outcomes. Even when Oshiomhole supported Obaseki in 2016, he was solely capable of garner 52.09% towards Ize-Iyamu’s 41.28%. At this time, with Oshiomhole’s help for Ize-Iyamu, the pastor and politician grossed 13.25%, whereas Obaseki polled 86.75%.

What occurred in Edo might have despatched warning sign to those that parade themselves as political godfathers, who’ve additionally held down the nation by masquerading as thin-gods. Edo might have proven that godfatherism has turn into moribund and anachronistic.


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