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Obaseki’s victory sign of growing democracy in Nigeria’ – Usidamen

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 20, 2020, 10:29:24 PM
 Uche Usim, Abuja

 Following the emergence of Godwin Obaseki—incumbent governor of Edo and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)—as the winner of the 19th September gubernatorial elections in the state, Convener of the I am Edo Movement, Tony Usidamen, has described the win as a victory for democracy in Nigeria.

According to official results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Obaseki polled 307,955 of the valid votes cast to defeat his closest challenger, Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), who had a total of 223,619 votes. The victory is all the more significant as the latter had the backing of ‘political heavyweights’ in the state.

In a statement by the socio-political organisation, Usidamen noted: “As in established democracies, the will of the people is supreme. This isn’t just a win for Obaseki, the PDP, and the good people of Edo; it is a victory for Nigeria as a whole. And it proves that we are ready to embrace true democracy. That is, a government that is of the people by the people and for the people.”

“This election has shown that nothing can stop a people with the collective will to succeed at a common cause. And great leadership can inspire that sense of confidence and willpower in the hearts of the people by modeling it. Now, the rest of the country can follow the Edo example and reclaim the power to choose who they want to lead them—a basic right that was ceded to political godfathers.”

“I must thank President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping to his promise to ensure that the elections are credible. Indeed—but for a few logistic challenges, and pockets of violence in some areas—the elections were largely peaceful, free, and fair. INEC and the security operatives have done a commendable job. Hopefully, they can draw from lessons learned to organize even better elections in Ondo.”

On expectations for Obaseki’s second term, Usidamen said: “With this victory comes a huge responsibility and greater scrutiny. This is not the time to relax, as most governors do in their second tenure in office. Rather, Edo people expect you to continue the remarkable work in education, healthcare, infrastructure development, economic diversification, as well as job creation. And we will hold you to the highest standards.”

Comprised of young professionals, the mission of the I am Edo Movement is to galvanize Edo people, particularly the youth, to take control of their destiny, and join in the process of restructuring, remodeling and rebuilding the state, so that all citizens can journey towards their dreams with confidence and dignity. It is a vehicle through which citizens can aggregate their interests, voice their preferences, and exercise the power necessary to effect sustained change. Its ultimate aim is to instill a real sense of pride and patriotism in all people of Edo heritage, home and abroad.

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Re: Obaseki’s victory sign of growing democracy in Nigeria’ – Usidamen

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 20, 2020, 10:46:17 PM
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In a statement by the socio-political organisation, Usidamen noted: “As in established democracies, the will of the people is supreme. This isn’t just a win for Obaseki, the PDP, and the good people of Edo; it is a victory for Nigeria as a whole. And it proves that we are ready to embrace true democracy. That is, a government that is of the people by the people and for the people.”

Much as most progress-minded people are happy about the outcome of this election, certain truths must be told, and people should not get carried away because this is how Nigeria got to this state whereby ordinary free and fair election is now celebrated.

This is not a victory for any other persons except the people of Edo state.
It is NOT a victory for Nigeria, yet, because it took the warnings from US and UK for Nigeria's president to allow a free and fair elections in Edo.
If the US and UK didn't threaten sanctions, what happened in Imo state could (and would) have happened in Edo.

However, why I singled out Edo people for praise is because of how MILITANT they were in defending their votes.

As a matter of fact, Edo people were ready for ANYTHING in this election, and that played some role in dissuading the usual criminals from hijacking and rigging the elections.

And, like  I said earlier, it is not really a victory for Nigeria yet because people from other states may not be as militant as Edo in their own elections, and rigging may still happen in the future in other states.

The good news I can extend to the rest of Nigeria comes from the quote below:

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“This election has shown that nothing can stop a people with the collective will to succeed at a common cause. And great leadership can inspire that sense of confidence and willpower in the hearts of the people by modeling it. Now, the rest of the country can follow the Edo example and reclaim the power to choose who they want to lead them—a basic right that was ceded to political godfathers.”

Methinks that what happened in Edo could/would FRIGHTEN the usual thieves into backing off rigging in subsequent elections, because other Nigerians can (and most likely will) copy Edo people, to ensure that their choice candidates win elections.

Much kudos must go to the US and UK for threatening sanctions. These two countries should (I pray) extend their "holding to account" to ALL political rogues in Nigeria, particularly those who threatened that foreign elections monitors will "go back in body bags" should they interfere to stop mandate theft.

I see a tiny ray of light that the peoples of Nigeria will free themselves from bondage soon.

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