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  • Updated: February 24, 2024

Edo: Intimidation, harassment will not stop my guber ambition - Shaibu

Edo: Intimidation, harassment will not stop my guber ambitio

Edo state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, has stated that intimidation and harassment will not deter him from pursuing his political ambitions.

Shaibu made the statement while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Saturday.

Shaibu emerged as the party's candidate in a parallel primary held on Thursday to select a standard bearer for the 2019 governorship race in Edo.

He claimed that people were intimidated and harassed during the lead-up to the primary.

“The level of intimidation and harassment meted out to me and those people who believe in me was beyond comprehension, yet it does not actually change our resolve in what we believe in.

“People were sacked, some civil servants were suspended, others transferred from their position and taken away from their family comfort to different places, all because they were associating with me.

“Well, I dare say that anybody still intimidating or harassing anybody means that he is not ready to win an election“, he told newsmen.

Therefore, he claimed that the people, not himself, were the reason for his rise to prominence as a candidate and that the party had to pay attention to what the people had to say.

He said that the party would not force a candidate on the electorate, but would instead present a well-liked and capable candidate if it genuinely wanted to win the election on September 21.

He added that in order for the PDP to prevail in the next state election, they would need to follow party rules and electoral regulations.

He clarified that, similar to how an electoral law governs political activity, there are party standards for choosing a candidate for governorship.

Shaibu added that the PDP must completely abide by its own policies in order to win the state's next governorship election.

Additionally, the deputy governor claimed that elections were about contesting, pointing out that 381 delegates were denied the right to vote in the other primary that resulted in Asue Ighodalo being declared the winner.

“The electoral law forbids exclusion. An election can be re-ordered because of exclusion, it is a major sin that the law forbids“, he told newsmen.

He stated that while political parties have the right to generate candidates, these rights must be consistent with electoral rules and the party's own principles.

“If the guideline is not followed in the process of producing your candidate, that candidate cannot see the light of day.

“So the ultimate right of any party is to follow your rules in producing your candidate”, Shaibu said.

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