Convener of the group, Esan Agenda, Mr Akhere Obozele, has hailed the humiliation of the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 19 gubernatorial election in Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and the sacked national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, by traditional rulers of Esan extraction and their subjects on Monday.
According to Obozele, “The public humiliation of the APC gubernatorial candidate and the former national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole is worth commending. Our traditional rulers reinforced the enormous respect we have always had for them, with that singular action.”
He queried: “What were they expecting from Esan people after marginalising the region for eight years? Were they expecting our leaders to give them a royal reception after what they did to Esan people? The Oshiomhole-led APC government publicly humiliated our political and traditional leaders and acted like someone that was on a mission to annihilate the Esan race.
“The party adopted a divisive political strategy, with which they succeeded in fragmenting Esan people into weak political entities and used them against each other. Judgment day is here for Oshiomhole and his political son, Ize-Iyamu!”
Obozele further said: “Recall that we had told the APC that Esan people are resolute about giving Governor Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) all their votes, but they thought we were joking.
“Obaseki deserves our total support because he has demonstrated that he is here to serve all Edo people. He is not an ethnic jingoist, or someone that plays cheap politics of manipulation or ‘use and dump politics’. He sees all Edo people as one, and that is the kind of leadership we need at this time.”
According to the group, “We have sufficient reasons to reelect Governor Obaseki. He reinstated the Onojie of Uromi, HRH Anselm Okojie, Aidenojie II; constructed several roads and bridges in Esan land. He has revamped many schools in the area and has empowered many of our youths, who are now entrepreneurs.”