Former Minister of Works, Architect Mike Onolememen has said the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor Godwin Obaseki doesn’t need thugs to win the September 19 governorship election as only those who the people are no longer with will want to recruit thugs.
The PDP Chieftain in an interview said political bigwigs known as the progressives in the state have resolved to support the candidacy and campaign for Obaseki based on his track record as governor stating that he will defeat his main challenger, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Onolememen who was also former Minister of Defense dispelled claims that the PDP was recruiting thugs for the election noting that the DNA of Edo people was PDP and as such they need no thugs to win the election.
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure a free and fair poll to avoid embarrassing the nations democratic process.
According to Onolememen, “We are certain that Governor Obaseki will win this governorship election with not less than 80 percent votes. We the political gladiators in the state, have come back together. The progressives have come together. So, all we are saying is that INEC should conduct a free and fair election and let the votes of the electorate count. If they do that, it’s going to be the best ever voters’ education that INEC can give to Nigeria. Once the citizens know their votes will count, more and more will start participating in democratic process which will be beneficial to our country”.
“I’m a very senior member of the PDP; I’m a member of the National Campaign Council for Edo State and I’m also a state member of the campaign council for PDP for the upcoming elections so I can tell you authoritatively that recruiting thugs is not one of the things that the PDP is doing. We need not to recruit any thug as a matter of fact because the people are with PDP. Believe it or not the political DNA of Edo people is PDP. I’m telling you the truth, those who will want to recruit thugs are those who know that the people are no longer with them”.
“Today what is important is that Governor Obaseki is flying the ticket of the PDP while Ize-Iyamu is flying the ticket of the APC. All that we are doing is to market Governor Obaseki on the basis of what he has done. What has been his records for the past four years? He has done wonderfully well as far as we are concerned. You need to be in Edo now and compare it with what it was about eight years ago. There was no governance, what we had was a deceitful government and Obaseki represents a change from that deceitful regime”. Onolememen said.