PPA candidate denies stepping down
The governorship candidate of the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA), Thomas Sadoh, yesterday denied rumours that he has withdrawn from the race.
In an interview with The Guardian, Sadoh said he was prepared to contest till the end and was optimistic that he would take over from the incumbent governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
Sadoh, who is a journalist, added that it is not true that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is sponsoring him so that he would later step down or join forces to support him in the election.
He said: “When it comes to politics, people are bound to say whatever they like. Before today, they said I was going to collapse my structure. I first got a complaint from the PDP that I was working for Godwin Obaseki.”
“I am a journalist and before I ventured into this race, I have had contacts with so many people. I have worked with Obaseki, I have worked with Ize-Iyamu, I have also worked with some other aspirants from various political parties,” he explained.
According to Sadoh, “The rumour started from the PDP and I just laughed over it and later it changed and at a point, they said I soft-pedaled because of the crisis in the PDP and that Ize-Iyamu would later take over my structure.
“Interestingly, you and I know that the PDP’s leadership of Markafi and Modu-Sheriff is still in court. As their problem lingers, my party is waxing stronger by the day.”
He continued: “So many people have decided to jump ship, but for me, I have remained. Some parties like the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) have all collapsed in support of the APC, but I have decided to take this race to the end.
“My people in the pen profession are going to be the bigger beneficiaries, they should be proud of me. I am the first journalist in Edo State to go into a governorship contest and taken it to this level.”
He explained that his contest would serve as an inspiration to others, adding that rather than stepping down, he would inform his supporters that he was withdrawing from the race.
Sadoh, however, said he had no such plan but to run to the end. He said the PPA had come to stay in the state and that Thomas Sadoh, as its candidate would stay to the end.
He said: “Oshiomhole has written his handover note and he is going to hand over to me, come November 12 at the stadium.”