AGENE GODWIN, Benin
Dr Pius Odubu, Edo deputy Governor and an aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the September 10 Edo governorship election, has said the state needs a governor that is game ready and not one with potential.
Odubu said this at a reception accorded him in Benin on Saturday by his team of supporters upon his return from the party’s governorship screening in Abuja.
The deputy governor said having been a student of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s school of governance for over seven years now, he was the right man for the job.
He urged the delegates, not to be coerced into voting against their preferred candidate, stressing that they must freely choose who to govern them.
“I have been in school. I have been in Oshiomhole’s school of governance and he himself has rated me as the best. We need a governor that will hit the ground running. We need a governor that is game ready and not one with potential.
“We will bring to bear, all the governor has taught us and those we know on our own. We will do the greatest good to the greatest number of the people within the shortest possible time when we get there.
“By His grace, I know and I believe that I am the man that will take over from the governor,” Odubu stated.
Against the purported allegation of massive buying of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) by a particular aspirant, Odubu advised that delegates must protect their PVCs, which he said, is their property.
He said, “My good people of Edo State, I hear they are collecting PVCs, please your PVC is your property, it is your right, don’t sell it, don’t mortgage your future.
“You have to freely choose the man or woman that you want. You must on your own free volition, chose who will govern Edo State and I want to assure you, all through the years, I have prepared myself for this occasion, I have prepared myself for now.”
Obviously surprised with the reception and crowd that greeted his arrival from Abuja, the Edo APC governorship aspirant said, “I am completely short of words to express my gratitude to this multitude of people.
“Your solidarity and support all through these years goes to show that we have a common goal, common purpose and that is to deliver the deliverables to the greatest number in the shortest possible time.
“These past few months, we have been through a lot together. I see a group of people that are dedicated, committed, dogged, in their support for a common son like me. Let me assure you that we will not disappoint you.
“There will be many things yet to happen. From the beginning I told my people, that the battle is neither for the brave nor the race for the swift. They are for those who endure.
“We have endured a lot to get here. We are counting down now. We have a few days to go. I am just coming in from Abuja now; we have been given a clean bill of health by the national party to contest this election.
“I want to beg all of us, let us go to the stadium peacefully that day and exercise our franchise. Nobody can stop you. Today, let them listen; let those who have ears hear, let them hear that nobody can stop the sun from rising.
“I believe and I do believe that by God’s grace, we shall overcome, nobody can stop any man whose time has come. Our time has come. We are looking up to God, no man is God. We have a God, a God of justice, and a God that has the final say.”