A poster of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) has been covered with a poster of leading opposition All Progressive Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari along the ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Benin - Former Minister of State for
Works Chris Ogiewonyi has appealed to voters in Edo to vote massively for the
All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday's Governorship and State Houses of
He said at a news conference on Monday in Benin that a vote
for the APC would translate to more development in the state.
He said being in the opposition had not actually worked in
favour of the state and urged the people to vote for the APC now that the party
controlled the center.
He stressed the need for the people to continuously support
Gov. Adams Oshiomhole by casting their votes for all candidates of the APC.
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"What Edo people want is development; more modern
schools, increased economic stability for job creation in an atmosphere of
peace and tranquility.
"We must reject the toga of opposition and reject the
persuasion of those who seek to use an expected numerical edge in the state
House of Assembly to instigate instability and chaos in Edo.
"The argument that an opposition-controlled legislature
acts as checks on the excesses of the executive is tenable only in a healthy
political development," he stated.
Ogiewonyi, who said the politics of inclusion was a panacea
for attaining sustainable development globally,
added that "our interest as Edo people will be better
served within the framework of the APC".
He said "with an Illustrious son of the state as the
National Chairman of the APC, Edo must vote APC so that as minority, the people
can get the necessary leverage to secure appointive positions at the national
It would be recalled that Ogiewonyi served as a minister
under President Goodluck Jonathan's administration but recently defected to the