The Edo State governorship election is close and politicians are talking tough, Governor Adams Oshiomhole has repeated that his successor will not emerge from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party or the political family of former Governor Lucky Igbinedion.
Governor Oshiomhole had this conversation with journalists in Benin, the state capital, yesterday.
Oshiomhole, who criticised Igbinedion for claiming that the PDP would win the poll by a wide margin, said that he was aware that the former governor and other leaders of the opposition had been “in pains” since he (Oshiomhole) became governor in 2008.
He also said that his administration had defeated politicians who had claimed to be at the hem of affairs ‘godfathers’.
The governor said, “I want to make it clear to Lucky that the next governor can never be from the Igbinedion family. The next governor will be a people’s governor and that person, by the special grace of God, is Godwin Obaseki.
“I am aware that they are in pains since I became governor; I had to retrieve all they held hostage and gave (them) back to the people.
“Our people will never go back to the dark days and my fight against godfathers has been successful and that is why, today, any Edo man or woman can become a governor without going to any godfather. They (godfathers) are crying and I am happy. They will continue to cry.
Oshiomhole also urged Igbinedion not to bother about the outcome of the September 28 election, adding that both the PDP and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, would not win.
“So, let me tell Lucky, my good friend, to forget about the result of the election because his PDP and Ize-Iyamu will not win. He should ask himself what his PDP has done in Edo to deserve victory.
“So, they should stop their bad dream of victory. Edo people have rejected the godfathers and they will not return.”