Etsako Resistance: PDP Campaign Savours Support For Obaseki


Press Statement

…Hails Edo People For Repelling Oshiomhole, Ize-Iyamu’s Thugs

The Peoples Democratic Party National Campaign Council for Edo

Governorship Election has hailed the people of Etsako West of Edo state

for coming out to confront, subdue and chase away armed thugs hired by

the All Progressives Congress (APC) to attack the PDP and Obaseki

campaign train in the area.

The firm solidarity and defense for Governor Godwin Obaseki by the

people of Apana, Uzairue in Etsako West, where the sacked national

chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, hails from, is a clear signal to

Oshiomhole and the demarketed APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, that the

race is over for them.

Such spontaneous resistance coming from supposed Oshiomhole’s

stronghold, shows that the disgracefully sacked APC national chairman

has no foothold or genuine followership in Edo but have become a

political pint-size that only thrive in empty boasts, lies, propaganda

and attempt to instill fear on the people by importing violence.

The courage and bravery exhibited by the voting population in Etsako, in

confronting and vanquishing APC’s armed thugs, is a firm demonstration

of their unwavering solidarity for their choice leader, Governor Obaseki

and the fact that they cannot be cowed or suppressed by APC’s resort to


The Etsako resistance as well as the legitimate audacity of the Edo

people in resisting the recent attempt by Adams Oshiomhole and Ize-Iyamu

to use compromised security agents to seize the State House of Assembly,

show that the people of Edo are at full alert in their resolve to resist

every attempt by the APC to use violence to forcefully take over their


The people of Edo state are already aware of how the APC is recruiting

armed thugs, cultists and hoodlums, particularly from neigbouring Kogi

state, to unleash violence on them and rig election for Ize-Iyamu, hence

their manifest resolve to protect their state.

It is indeed reprehensible and inexcusable that a political party, which

desires to take over governanice of a state, would be hiring and arming

cultists and thug to suppress and unleash violence on the same citizens

it wants to govern.

In any case, our campaign counsels Ize-Iyamu and Oshiomhole to see the

handwriting on the wall and realize that the Edo people already know

their plans and will use every means legitimate, to resist their evil


Of course nothing, not even the fiercest of attacks by Oshiomhole and

Ize-Iyamu, can intimidate the people of Edo state to compromise their

determination to reelect Governor Obaseki, under whom the state has

recorded unprecedented upgrade in living standard, wealth creation, and

massive infrastructural development in critical sectors.

Under Governor Obaseki, millions of Edo citizens have benefited from

various development programs including the creation of over 200,000

jobs, greater opportunities with over 4,500 new businesses, on-going

training of over 150,000 Edolites in various entrepreneurial skills,

over 4,000 job placements in productive sectors and 22,827 entrepreneurs

trained in all local government areas among others.

This is in addition to improved healthcare, road infrastructure,

establishment of agriculture, food and other investment clusters across

the state with massive job opportunities.

Oshiomohle and Ize-Iyamu should therefore stop wasting their time as the

people of Edo will do all to defend Governor Obaseki and the good

governance which he and the PDP represent in the state.


Kola Ologbondiyan

Secretary, Publicity Sub-Committee

National Campaign Council


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