The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), its governorship candidate Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and most other leaders of the party are accusing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Edo government of manipulation and fraud which resulted in the party’s loss in this week’s governorship election.
However one PDP leader in the state, Senator Roland Owie has taken a different position. He is blaming Chief Anthony Anenih, the former chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees for the loss.
Owie, who was the first chief whip of the senate following the return of democracy in 1999, said on Friday that APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki, deserved victory because Anenih was wrong “to impose the deputy governor slot on Esan people after what he did with the governorship slot.”
Owie said: “Any leader who takes political decisions on selfish interests gets destroyed at the end. Such leader is like a spider. Whatever a spider eats turns to poison. Why on earth will Chief Anenih impose a Deputy Gov on Esan people after what he did with the governorship slot?
“He has been playing god and now God has told him that all powers belong to God.”
He was even more damning in his assessment of the votes garnered by the PDP in the election.
His words: “the higher percentage of the votes our PDP got in this election were votes against hunger and hardship brought by the APC federal government and not for the PDP.”
“I hope Chief Anenih will enter his house now and allow people of goodwill to re-organize the PDP. I congratulate Godwin Obaseki and not the APC because there is hunger and hardship in the land.”
Shortly after INEC declared Obaseki as winner of the poll, Gov. Adams Oshiomhole also took a swipe at Anenih.
“In Esanland, the senatorial zone of the PDP godfather, we won two out of the five local governments,” the governor said. “We gave him a fight that he managed to escape. He used the factor of his age to play on the emotion of the people.”