APC did not teleguide shift in Edo election, says Eta
The Vice-National Chairman South -South of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Hillard Eta, has faulted the view held in certain quarters that it influenced the shift in the Edo governorship poll.
Eta, who spoke to The Guardian yesterday in Abuja, wondered why accusing fingers are being pointed at the party, which is in a good stead to sweep the poll if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had conducted it today.
He remarked that though the APC-led administration work in liaison with both the Police and the Department of State Security (DSS), it would be uncharitable to blame the party for the shift in the poll to September 28.
He said: “ I admit that the security agencies are a part of the government when it has to do with protecting the lives and property of the citizenry, but it is not part of the party. Why would the APC be the one to influence the shift of this election?
“The APC is the one that has nothing to fear. We were given a four-year mandate and we performed to the admiration of the world. I believe that in a democracy, re-election is a reward for hard work through good governance and the APC has shown hard work and good governance. So how would the APC be afraid of the election?”
The APC chief further made reference to the intra-party crises within the ranks of the PDP as the reason why the APC governorship candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki, would sweep the polls.
He noted: “Well you have to first of all define whether there is a PDP for even the APC to be afraid of. Which of the factions or candidates are you talking about? The PDP has not won any local election in Edo State in the last eight years. There is no way it can win the election after the APC has performed in power.
“Edo is one of the few states where the people have an opportunity of comparing between the first 10 years of democracy in Edo and the last seven and half years and if you juxtapose the two era very well, there is no basis why any Edo person would pitch his or her tent with the PDP. So there is nothing to fear.
“We defeated them when they had the police under their control, we defeated them when they had their army under their control, we defeated them when they had the INEC under their control, is it now that they are going to defeat us? If there is anything we are sure of, we are sure of defeating the PDP in Edo state or what is left of it.”