The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu has equivocally stated that the political chaos that underscored Zamfara and Rivers states All Progressive Congress (APC) primary elections in 2019 cannot repeat itself in Edo State, as the state prepares for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.
Shaibu disclosed this while entertaining questions from the Chief Host of ‘The Osasu Show’, Osasu Igbinedion on Friday, he maintained that the APC in Edo state would not toe that path.
According to Comrade Shaibu, “I can assure you, what happened in Zamfara cannot happen in Edo State because we, like I said, play the game by the rules, we will not play the game without the rules”.
“We follow the rules strictly and everything we do in Edo is guided by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and anything we do at the party is guided by the constitution of the APC.
“Chairman or no Chairman, the constitution that guides the party is clear, as we speak today, Anslem Ojezua is the Chairman of APC in Edo State and we also know, and as far as Edo State is concerned, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is suspended from the party.
“The court has ruled that he can function, so we are waiting for the court to determine whether he can continue to hold office even when the court has suspended him, so for us these are issues of the future.
“I can assure you, Edo will not have a repeat of Zamfara, neither will it have the repeat of Bayelsa” the deputy governor said.
The deputy governor assured their numerous supporters of a landslide victory at the polls based on their perceptible antecedents in the state.
“As for our election in Edo, Godwin Obaseki and I, by the grace of God will get our second term in office because the history is there that you cannot truncate a moving train that is moving at a speed of development like we have done”, he said.
Recall the APC lost Zamfara state to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the Supreme Court in 2019, where the apex court held that the party’s primaries leading to the general elections in the state were invalid, and as a result, the APC lost all elective positions in the state to the PDP.
While in Rivers state, the APC repeated similar mistake by fielding two factional candidates because of the impasse between Senator Magnus Abe faction and that of the Minister of Transportation and former governor of the state, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, and as a result, the APC lost all elective positions in Rivers state.