Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has been appointed chairman of the national campaign council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the gubernatorial election holding in Edo State on September 10.
Inaugurating the campaign council in Benin City, last weekend, National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said the party would win the election with ease based on the good records of the incumbent governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Chief Oyegun who said the election is “important, crucial and will be a very great signpost” for the party, noted that Edo State had been cornered into a private property by a few individuals in the past before the APC government dismantled their structures.
He said: “I want to thank you in spite of the relatively short notice. You have all turned up in such large numbers. I am sure that comes from recognition that the election we are preparing for is important, crucial and will be a very great signpost. It is an election which we should, and I am sure will win relatively easily. I say that because this is a state that for decades has been, so to speak, been privatised until the advent of the current administration.
“It is an election where even the blind can say yes, he is aware of the development that has taken place. It is an election that even the dumb and the deaf will say yes, they are aware of the great strides that have taken place in Edo State especially in the wake of the 10 immediate preceding years to the current administration.”
The APC national chairman declared, “So, your job is to ensure that Edo State is safely in the party. Once that is done, then, we will venture out to bring home our brothers in the South-East and in the South-South to join this great crusade to salvage our nation, to establish a new way of doing things, to establish new ethics, to let our people know that there is a difference between right and wrong.”
Responding on behalf of members of the national campaign council, Akinwunmi Ambode, who was represented by the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, said, “I want to thank the party for giving us this responsibility to manage the campaign that will lead to the election of our brother, Godwin Obaseki, as the next governor of Edo State by God’s grace.”