Oshiomhole breaks silence on Edo election defeat, says life not about winning


Former national chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Wednesday night broke his silence on the defeat of the party in the Edo State September 19 governorship election saying life was not all about winning.

Oshiomhole in an interview with GEE Africa TV in his personal gymnasium said “You know in life, you work hard and leave God for the outcome, you do your best and trust God to bless your effort.

“I feel good, I feel healthy thank God, I feel strong thank God. In life you win some and you lose some but life goes on. I want to thank everybody; I am sure a lot of people think comrade is down but I am not down. When God says you are not down, you are not down and I am not down.

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“I thank Edo people for all they did over the past two, three, four, six weeks, people under the rain under the sun, young ladies carrying babies on their back, I saw elderly women struggling to see my small face, and on election day I was moved to tears when I saw elderly women of 70 to 75 sitting down because the card readers were not working and they were not frustrated with that, they struck me with that. If at their age, they didn’t give up, why should I give up?”

In the build-up to last Saturday’s election, Oshiomhole had boasted that he was going to teach Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and incumbent governor of the state, a lasting lesson in politics.

But by the time the result of the election was read by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday, Obaseki won the contest convincingly, silencing Oshiomhole and other stalwarts of the APC including a former governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who predicted defeat for him.