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The Political Mistakes That Cost APC the Edo Governorship Election

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The political mistakes that cost APC the Edo governorship election might further hunt the ruling political party if the leadership of the party does not take urgent steps to address its disorganized house.

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With the result of the September 19, 2020 election finally announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, it is very evident that the candidate of the All Progressive Congress Pastor Ize-Iyamu was well beaten by the incumbent governor and the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

The results announced by INEC shows Mr. Godwin Obaseki winning in all local governments in Edo South and Edo central, with enough stand against the candidate of the APC in the Edo north, which was calculated to be APC stronghold. Mr. Godwin Obaseki stands return as the governor of Edo State, now is the time to reflect the political mistakes that cost APC the Edo governorship election.

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The Edo state 2020 gubernatorial election has been hail in many quarters as a free and fair election, although with some pockets of violence witnessed in some units and wards, the election was largely peaceful. The choice of candidate of the Edo people shows the stand of the Edo people against Godfatherism in Edo politics and the state.

It quite unfortunate the squabbles within the leadership of the ruling All Progressive Congress which led to the removal of the Comrade Adams Oshiomole as the party national Chairman has finally set in motion the road to the party downfall at both state and national level.

The political mistakes that cost the APC the Edo governorship election

First are the APC Leadership Tussle and Oshiomole’s Poli-tricks:  The leadership tussle that bedeviled the All Progressive Congress is already pointing to the direction where the party is headed. The first litmus test which would have been a learning point was the Bayelsa governorship election, but instead of learning from it, it further threw the party into disability. This was followed by the power tussle between the formal national chairman of the party Comrade Adams Oshiomole and the governor of the state Mr. Godwin Obaseki who was then under the APC. The politricks that ensued between both leaders of the party led to the suspension of the Comrade Adams Oshiomole as a member of the party in the state and eventually led to his removal as his national chairman of the party Comrade Adams Oshiomole.

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However, the purported reinstatement of Adams Oshiomole as a member of All Progressive Congress in the Edo state could not change the fact that a Federal Court of jurisprudence has removed him as the party national chairman, hence he took the fight against the sitting governor to the election primaries where the governor was embarrassed out of the primaries. Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his deputy Philip Shaibu immediately decamped from the ruling All Progressive Congress to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and he was subsequently picked as the party candidate for the Edo 2020 gubernatorial election. The happenings between Oshiomole, The All Progressive Congress, and Mr. Godwin Obaseki set in motion the catastrophic failure of the APC in the September 19, 2020, gubernatorial election in the state.

The Political Mistakes That Cost APC the Edo Governorship Election

Secondly, the APC Undermining the Power of Incumbency: The All Progressive Congress party undermined the power of incumbency and they are today paying the price. Mr. Godwin Obaseki, was wise enough to understand the power he wielded has the incumbent governor and was willing to put that power to test by defiling the leadership of the All Progressive Congress, he was not willing to go the Ambode way. Governor Obaseki ensured all the machinery of the state worked in his favor, drawing the media and international attention to the political happenings in the state.  Governor Obaseki quickly rallied support from neighboring PDP governors in Delta and Rivers state, he formed a strong coalition with the PDP against his formal party.

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Thirdly, Tinubu Direct Involvement in the Edo Election: One of the greatest undoings of the All Progressive Congress in the run-up to the September 19, 2020 governorship election in Edo state was the direct involvement of Tinubu in the APC campaign. It would have been fine if the Jagban had kept silent about why pulling strings from the background. Tinubu’s direct involvement change the narrative of the election and his direct involvement in the campaign was see as many Edolite as an insult to the Edo people hence led to the slogan #EdoNoBeLagos.  Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his PDP campaign machinery led by Governor Wike of Rivers state rode on the #EdoNoBeLagos slogan to campaign against Godfatherism in the state. Edo people were called to resist a Tinubu’s controlled governor as the case of Ambode and Sanwo-Olu in Lagos.

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Fourthly, APC believing that Pastor Ize-Iyamu had control of Edo Central:  The All Progressive Congress blindly believes that the candidate of its party Pastor Ize-Iyamu had effective control of Edo central, which was his power-based during the 2016 gubernatorial election.  The result of the September 19, 2020 governorship election has shown to political observers that Edo central belongs to the People’s Democratic Party. The Esan speaking part of Edo state has become power-based for the PDP and this something the APC must take note of.

Results from the Saturday election also showed that Pastor Ize-Iyamu is not a popular candidate as was claimed in many quarters after he could not win a single Local government in Edo South and Edo central. Credit should be given to Oshiomole who was able to deliver several Local governments in Edo north which happen to be Philip Shaibu’s domain.

The Political Mistakes That Cost APC the Edo Governorship Election

Lastly, APC’s unpopular choice of Deputy Governor; The All progressive congress choice of deputy governor in Gani Audu was a wrong move. The former chairman of Etsako West Local government has lost his political charisma and was largely unpopular within communities in the Etsako West local government; even in his home country Aviele he has lost the support of the people.  A deputy governor from the Esan speaking area of the state would have not only boosted the chances of the APC but would have also helped reduced the simmering popularity of the PDP within Edo central.

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With the election done and dusted, now is the time for the leadership of the party to sit back and reflect on its political mistakes that cost APC the Edo governorship election in other to avoid a similar fate in the coming Ondo state gubernatorial election.

The Political Mistakes That Cost APC the Edo Governorship Election

READ ALSO:Tinubu Says Vote Out Obaseki, See What Atiku Says About Edo State Governorship Election

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