The Edo State governorship election has been the major political news up to the day of the polls on the 19th of September 2020. There have been so many dramatic twists and turns both in the process of the campaign and during the election.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu, the flag bearer for the APC has demonstrated so much confidence before the elections, this confidence, however, cannot be said to be because of his track record as a politician or his good records while holding political office, it was evident that his confidence has been paramount because of the support he received from the giant wings of his party and the purported big branch of the state.
In the past, this kind of supported added to a little bit of “federal might” might have been just enough to win the governorship race of any state in Nigeria. However, this time it has proven not to be enough, and this is a signal that the people still have a will and they can demonstrate it when they want.
Elections in Nigeria in the past has been more of a power tussle between who the biggest political godfather is and who has the might to rig elections the most.
This is the reason why the build-up to the Edo State election was more about the dispute between Governor Obaseki and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, at some point, if you’re were not attentive enough, you’ll think that Comrade Oshiomhole was the flag bearer of the APC and not Pastor Ize-Iyamu.
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole spoke more than the leading candidate because he was the purported godfather, the kingmaker that can’t be defeated, the buildup to the election was more about how Governor Obaseki has been deserted because the godfather no longer supports him.
This is not a victory for Governor Godwin Obaseki alone but a victory for the people of Edo State because they’re now sure that their voice has been ultimately heard and represented through their votes.
The voice of the people has always been the needed antidote to cure godfatherism and practice an absolute democracy, Obaseki’s rebellion against his purported godfather gave the people the cue they need to speak up through their votes, and finally, they’ve spoken.
The odds were stacked against Governor Obaseki; he won his first time in office on the back of the support that was given to him by Oshiomhole and the APC, has he built a great political structure in the state on his own in the last four years? Is he that popular among his people? All these questions should show how the odds were stacked against the man, but when the people have chosen their candidate, the only odds that counts is their votes.
Nigeria as a whole should take a cue from Edo State; it doesn’t take a war to change the status quo, all that is required is the will of the people, the godfathers don’t speak for you, they speak for their interest, vet your candidate and chose them with your votes if you want real change.
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