From Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
Vice-president Namadi Sambo said in Benin-City yesterday that the July 14 governorship election in Edo State would be free and fair in line with the federal government’s belief in one-man-one-vote.
Also, Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, warned that any attempt to snatch ballot boxes on Election Day would be met with stiff resistance.
Speaking while inaugurating the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign for the election at the Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, the vice-president who is also the Chairman of Edo PDP Campaign Committee for the election, called on the people of the state to cast their votes on the basis of one-man-one-vote.
He enjoined the people to make the state a PDP-state like other states in the South-south geopolitical zone.
Oghiadomhe said the attendance at the rally was a “great assembly”, stating he was confident that victory was assured for the PDP in the election.
He asked the people to disabuse their minds against any intimidation or brandishing of weapons, adding that “any attempt by any hoodlum to snatch ballot boxes would not be tolerated. You will have to decide th election through your votes, by voting PDP”.
Also speaking, PDP National Chairman Alhaji Bamanga Tukur said with leaders like Chief Tony Anenih, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia and Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin, and others, PDP was in safe hands.
“With the party’s victory in Edo, the South-South will be fully in PDP fold,” he said.
Anenih, who was full of appreciation for the large turnout of people at the stadium, said “the crowd is to prove a point that PDP is on ground in Edo,” adding that the party does not run its affairs on the pages of newspaper.
“The presence of Dr. Ogbemudia and Chief Igbinedion at the rally has completed the circle,” he said.
The PDP Edo State chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, promised that that if voted into power, a PDP government would restore the state’s lost glory in sports, pointing out that a large crowd of people at the stadium was an indication of the party’s readiness to take back power in the state.