Former TUC President Predicts Rancour-free Poll, Victory for APC

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By Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City

Former National President, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Peter Esele, has expressed confidence that the September 28, 2016 governorship poll in Edo State will be rancour-free just as he predicted victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Esele, who was among the aspirants that lost the primaries to the APC governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki, added that the developmental strides of the outgoing Adams Oshiomhole-led administration has set the foundation for such success.

Speaking with journalists in Benin City yesterday, Esele said: “My expectations is that the election will be free and fair and at the end of the day the APC will be victorious after the counting.

“I think the governor has done its best in the near past eight years and this is more of a referendum of what APC and the governor has done in the state. My appeal to everybody is that we accept the outcome and ensue violence and I don’t think that anybody should die for  Obaseki or Ize-Iyamu.

“The party has done enough to win the election in Edo State. Firstly, in terms of Infrastructural development, Oshiomhole have done well, in terms of where the state was before he came on board and where the state is now speaks volume and there is virtually no local government in the state that has not felt the purse of Oshiomhole”

“I don’t expect the election to be a walk over, I am somebody that believes that opposition must also be allowed to thrive, I don’t also believe in the concept that one man knows it all or line party can do it all. I believe in competition, let’s put our ideas on the table and whoever has the superior argument, let the people go with it.

“The governor has done what he is capable of doing but that does not mean that the governor is perfect because nobody is perfect, everybody has its positive and negative sides but our attention should be on the positive in the last Seven and half years.”