Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Tuesday, told President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had become a political liability in the state.
Oshiomhole, who also attributed his various successes over the PDP in Edo State to divine intervention, made the declaration when he visited the President at the State House for a private meeting.
Maintaining that God had used him to dismantle the ruling party in the state, despite being in power for 11 years, Oshiomhole said PDP had nothing to show for their long period of rule in Edo State.
Only recently, Oshiomhole had threatened to deal with his predecessor, Lucky Igbinedion and his father, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin, within the confines of the law for allegedly constituting themselves into nuisance in the state.
Speaking with State House Correspondents after his meeting with President Jonathan, Oshiomhole said: “For 11 good years, PDP Local Governments had their way uninterrupted and they cannot boast of one school. Edo people are not fools, how will they vote for rouges?”
He observed that Edo people are disenchanted with the corrupt nature of the ruling party, particularly its penchant for using money to lure voters, saying he told the president that “those days are gone.”
According to Oshiomhole, “All they have tried to do in this election is clear and that is what I went to tell the president.”
The Edo State governor asked journalists “To recognise that what the PDP leaders have done here is to give the impression that rigging is inevitable.
“But they will be shocked that Nigerians are not in the mood for any rigging to take place. So, let me assure you that I remain committed to the principle of one-man-one-vote because that is irreducible minimum.”
The governor accused the PDP of trying to create the impression that Edo was ungovernable. “They tried to use some criminals, some armed gangs to create trouble here and there and the police was looking the other way,” he said.
Highlighting the achievements he had chalked so far, Oshiomhole said his administration had scored high marks in the areas of building roads, schools and provision of potable water while the PDP wasted its time earmarking money for projects that were never accomplished.
He recalled that last year when he contested the governorship election , he won in all the 18 Local Government Areas, including Chief Anenih’s Local Government.
Oshiomhole said he performed a similar feat in 2007, although he indicated that his victory was delayed because the ruling party rigged the election.
The Edo State governor said his party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), clinched majority of the seats of the National Assembly and won 20 out of 24 seats in the state House of Assembly in addition to two senatorial seats.
“So, God has used us to dismantle the PDP in Edo State. If it is evil, it can’t stand. Where is the strength of PDP?,” he queried.