By Jessica Tamaradonye, Warri
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said that the independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has another golden opportunity in Saturday’s Delta Central Senatorial by-election to show its neutrality and independence in conducting free polls in the country.
Oshiomhole said Monday while addressing a large crowd that converged at a mega campaign rally held in Warri by the All Progressives Congress in Warri, for its candidate in the election, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor.
“There would be threat, there would be intimidation, there would be blackmail, but what would live for ever is what we should be remembered for. A system thrives only when those who are in it choose to keep quite. The day you decide to stand on your feet, stop agonizing and start mobilizing the forces of darkness will give way to the forces of light.
“I believe the Federal Government and the security agencies must maintain the law and order; they must ensure that the votes are protected because the world is watching. This is the first test not only for APC but also for INEC. People want to see whether anything is going to change,” Oshiomhole said
According to Oshiomhole, the Delta Central senatorial district has shown by action beyond rhetoric your capacity to stand for what you believe in and to refuse to be tempted, adding that it was the only senatorial district that voted for a candidate different from where other people were going.
“You did not only vote against them, you voted for the late senator and you defended the votes. You have a spirit, a history behind you. You do not need anyone to give you lectures about principle, courage and determination and even the essence of sacrifice. As you leave just go from village to village, remind the people the importance of having a senator of your choice. Urhobo nation could have got much more than they have gotten from Nigeria.
“You need a courageous voice, you need an independent voice, you need an articulate voice, you need a man who cannot be bought. When somebody said O’tega has spent over hundred million on the people, he was not doing that because he needed your votes. He did it because he believed in the cause of the Urhobo people. He did not do it because he wanted to be senator. I ask you to stand by people who are used to giving. These are people who are priceless.” he noted.
Other speakers at the rally include the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, Chief John Oyegen, Chief Frank Kokori and Vice Chairman South South of APC, Chief Tom Ikimi.
Comrade Oshiomhole later presented the flag of the APC to the party’s candidate, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor.