“Pepper dem, Bolanle Pepper Dem ooo“, a song by a Nigerian musician rent the air as the Edo State Governor made his way into the stadium, rocking to the rhythm as his fingers flicked portraying gestures and movements which threw the crowd into a frenzy.
It was Godwin Obaseki’s date with history; his moment of transformation after a fierce battle, and he seized it.
Governor Godwin Obaseki elected on the platform of the APC may have suffered a setback on the road to a second tenure. But early Friday morning, after the votes were counted at the venue of the primaries conducted by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Obaseki secured over 94% of the total votes cast.
It was perhaps proof of the popularity of the governor’s ambition within the ranks of the PDP: perhaps evidence that the APC may have miscalculated, when it chose to deny him a return ticket.
Delivering his acceptances speech, the Edo State Governor thanked PDP governors and the party’s delegates for their massive support, and declared that he would be governor for another four years by the grace of God.
He acknowledged that there have been obstacles, but what had transpired, culminating in his adoption by the PDP as its candidate at the last minute was quite historic.
The governor said great strides have been recorded by his administration in the education and health sectors as well as in the provision of basic infrastructure and the development of security architecture among others.
He spoke of the antics of overbearing godfathers, identified them as threats to Edo’s democratic evolution and said that the Edo people would vehemently reject them.
Earlier, the Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed declared that Governor Obaseki had polled more than 1,900 votes to win the Edo PDP primaries.
He described the process as transparent and announced that Obaseki was now the official flag bearer of the party.
Obaseki may pose a huge threat to the APC. Thus far, the fate of the candidate who is believed to have won its primaries is yet to be determined.
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