Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has declared Edo State as a PDP state following the ability of the party to emerge victorious in previous elections. Fintiri was confident that the forthcoming Governorship election in the state would not be different as the party would win. The governor spoke in Benin City, the state capital, during the ward congress of the party to elect its ad-hoc delegates for the primary election slated for June 19 and 20, 2020 in the state.
He said with the antecedent of the party in recent elections, there was no need to fear if the party will not produce the next governor for the state. “I want to say without mincing words, technically, Edo is a PDP state because in the previous elections, you can see our performance. We did very well, we won the presidential election here in Edo; we won two out of three senatorial seats in Edo, four or five of House of Representatives in Edo. So, technically, Edo is a PDP state. I will continue to give a pass mark for those that are holding the structure of this party”, he said.
The Adamawa State Governor, who is also the chairman of Edo PDP Congress Committee, said they were in the state as assigned by the National Working Committee of the party and that they are confident in doing a thorough job. According to him, “We are here as a three-man committee for national assignment with the mandate from the National Working Committee for us to come and conduct ward congresses to elect party delegates for the primary election who will in turn elect our gubernatorial candidate on the 19th of June for Edo 2020.
“For this assignment, like I have been rightly introduced, I am the chairman of the committee, assisted by the governor of Bayelsa State, His Excellency, Senator Diri Duoye who has been unavoidably absent but his deputy governor stood in for him. Also in the committee, is Senator Sam Anyanwu. We have commenced the assignment as mandated by the National Working Committee in the morning by sending out all the returning and electoral officers into the 18 local governments that will elect a three-man delegate for the 192 wards in the state.
“The assignment has been successfully conducted. We are here collating the results from the returning officers that have gone to conduct this election in all the 18 Local governments in Edo State. But for us, we will say to a greater extent, the assignment was successful and we have concluded safely.”
Congratulating those who had emerged winners in the election, Fintiri urged them to vote wisely in the forthcoming primary and governorship election in the state. “We congratulate those that have been elected as delegates and urge them to vote wisely for the best and the good candidate that can deliver our party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo, 2020 governorship election.”