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Between Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu: Who should be the governor of Edo State – Samuel Ogbemudia

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By Ehi Ekhator

Former Governor of the defunct Mid-West region and Bendel state, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia has said that both the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and All Progressives Congress (APC) Mr. Godwin Obaseki have intimidating credentials.

Samuel-OgbemudiaThe former governor disclosed this while answering questions from NAIJA CENTER NEWS correspondent on Wednesday in Abuja.

Despite his position, Ogbemudia however stressed that the candidate of the APC has more knowledge of the current situation in the state compared to his opposition who occupied a political office 10 years ago.

He also acknowledged that though the people have the say through their votes, but the APC in the state has done so much in the past years.

Ogbemudia said: ” Both of them have different identifies, intimidating credentials and the APC candidate have been nearer to the government in the last six years and while the PDP one was secretary to government 10 years ago.

Between them, if you talk of currency of knowledge, the APC has it. If you talk knowledge about the government, the PDP man has it. The different is that because the world is moving and things are changing, APC man seems to posses more recent and up to date knowledge of the situation.

I am not saying APC is more capable, it is the issue of who has a better chance and it is the people who will decide. But if you ask me as an observer, i will say that the APC people have done a lot of work and they are still doing it.

On the sudden postponement of the election, the elder statesman told NAIJA CENTER NEWS that he was not aware of the reason given as he is currently in Abuja. He also claimed oblivious of the political intimidation as alleged by the PDP candidate and his party.

“I don’t have the security report and I don’t have any idea on why they postpone it but the announcement was that it was postponed.

“I was in Abuja and will be going back to Benin on Friday, so I am very far from the scene.

“I am not aware of any political intimidation and I cannot tell you what’s happening in Benin unless I see them myself.”



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