AGENE GODWIN ,Benin
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie-Oyegun Wednesday said his party would win the September 10, 2016 governorship election on the basis of performance.
Chief Oyegun added that between its almost eight years in government and the over ten years the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in charge in the state,it was evidently clear where the peoples choice lies
Speaking with some journalists in Benin City, he said the people of the state know what they want and that his party’s campaigns have been very successful and issues based. “Our campaign has been very very good, there was a period of drama but all that is behind us and the arguments are very clear irrespective of whatever individual issues there must be and there have been.
“The issue is simple, we have had the APC in government for seven years plus, before that we had PDP in government in Edo state for ten years and the little I have been around, you can hardly see anybody who can point to any single substantial development in the ten years of PDP compared with the almost eight years of APC under Oshiomhole and that in-fact decides the issue. When you ask people, what is your preference, do you want the good times to continue or do you want to revert to the bad old days, the issue becomes very clear and then you get a resounding let the good days continue and that is where the debate rests and the result has been very good.
“Yes there was a bit of time when there were all sorts of discordant tunes as a result of group interests, personal interest but all that have been sorted out now I think we are rowing down to a very substantial victory n0 doubt at all.”
On the fears the national economic down turn under APC could sway voters impression towards the PDP, Odigie-Oyegun said
“Again if you stretch it down, it is the same argument . One thing that pleases me today is that Nigerians and the ordinary voter is more perceptive than we think he is. Yes the APC at the national level have been in office for one year plus but everybody knows that the problems we have today could not have been created in one day. We have come to fix the nation, to fix the problems otherwise as a people, as a nation, we would have been going through a struggle for existence and a great challenge would have been confronting this nation.
“These were issues and challenges that were inflicted on this country by years of or a decade and a half of mis-governance at the national level unfortunately, as if that was not enough, we also took over at a time when the crude market collapsed from a $100 to sometimes $140 to a barrel to a time when sometimes we were managing to make $40 at some stage it was less than $30 per barrel that is the reality and the people recognises this. It does not stop the fact that they are aching, it does not stop the fact that they in pains, that they are hungry, it does not stop the fact that they are hungry but they know these are not the creation of the APC and that what the APC under Buhari is set to do is to ensure that the fundamental problem with country; a mono-culture economy is solved once and for all.”