Days after the All Progressives Congress (APC) suffered a crucial defeat in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, the party’s former national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has finally broken his silence.
Oshiomhole said he was moved to tears during the election when he saw elderly women who were determined to cast their ballot despite some hitches in the process.
He said rather than get frustrated over how malfunctioning card readers slowed down the process, the people waited patiently.
Oshiomhole who reportedly spoke to GEE Africa TV said while many expected him to be downcast over the outcome of the exercise, he is feeling good.
Hi words “You know in life, you work hard and leave God for the outcome, you do your best and trust God to bless your effort.
“I feel good, I feel healthy thank God, I feel strong thank God. In life, you win some and you lose some but life goes on. I want to thank everybody, I am sure a lot of people think comrade is down but I am not down. When God says you are not down, you are not down and I am not down.
“I thank Edo people for all they did over the past two, three, four, six weeks, people under the rain under the sun, young ladies carrying babies on their back, I saw elderly women struggling to see my small face, and on election day I was moved to tears when I saw elderly women of 70 to 75 sitting down because the card readers were not working and they were not frustrated with that, they struck me with that. If at their age, they didn’t give up, why should I give up?”
He asked the people to have faith in Nigeria and see it as the only country that they have just as he does.
Meanwhile, following his victory at the Edo election, Governor Obaseki has been urged to forgive all those who opposed his re-election bid, including his Oshiomhole.
The appeal was made by Obaseki’s Rivers state counterpart, Nyesom Wike, on Wednesday, September 23, during the Edo governor’s thank you visit in Port Harcourt.