PPA set to take over Edo —candidate

Journalist and governorship candidate of the Progressive People Alliance (PPA) in the September 10 Edo State governorship election, Thomas Sadoh, has declared his readiness to snatch power from politicians and give to the masses in the state.

Sadoh said the political class has continually held on to power without putting premium on the people, adding “that a common man in the street, who believes in me will queue behind me to fight this.”

Sadoh spoke at the weekend, at the Benin Airport upon his arrival from Dubai, where he said, he consulted with Edo citizens on the need to support his aspiration in order to bridge the gap between the haves and the have nots.

He added that he was not in town when he won the ticket of his party, after the two other aspirants, who contested the PPA’s ticket stepped down for him.

Sadoh, who is from the same senatorial district as the outgoing Governor Adams Oshiomhole,  said nothing was wrong in replacing his kinsman, pointing out that he did not believe in sacrificing meritocracy in the name of zoning.

He disclosed that he was taking a break from his position as a broadcaster with the Benin based Independent Television (ITV), in order to focus on his gubernatorial ambition, adding that as a journalist, who has practised the profession for many years, he knows the challenges facing Edo people more than any candidate in the race.

“We cannot continue to suffer while some people continue to milk us dry. There is no greater commitment than this. I came out because I really want to do this and I know that my chances are brighter that you can ever think,” he said.

Asked if he was fronting for any other candidate in the race, he said he was not in the race to further the aspiration of any other candidate, saying it was sad that people raised political structure and later collapse them for other candidates.

“I’m here on my own volition and I have consulted before embarking on this. These people are behind me to ensure that we take over Osadebey Avenue on November 12. I have presented my agenda to the people and I’m happy with the reception I have received so far,” he said.