N’Delta Christian leaders decry manipulation of Edo APC gov primaries

Following condemnations trailing the recently concluded All-Progressive Congress, APC, governorship primaries in Edo State, Christian leaders in the Niger Delta, have urged President Bola Tinubu and the APC, not to allow politicians plunge the state into anarchy because of their selfish interests.

Chairman, Niger Delta Christian Elders’ Forum, Bishop Agbazika Andersen, meanwhile, commended President Tinubu for not jumping to congratulate the candidate of the Adams Oshiomhole led group, saying such action could lead the state into anarchy.

Bishop Andersen who spoke to newsmen in Abuja on Monday, said he came into Abuja with some Christian leaders to discuss with some politicians “because of the cries of the people over the APC primaries in Edo state last weekend.’

Recall that last week, APC primary election to produce the governorship candidate of the party ahead of the September governorship election in the state ended in fiasco with three candidates emerging as candidates.

Former Governor Oshiomhole’s candidate, Dennis Idahosa, was announced as winner while the returning officer of the party mentioned Senator Okpebholo as winner of the primaries.

Anamero Dekeri has also declared himself the winner of the primaries.

Party followers were, however, shocked by the primaries, which have now produced three candidates, one from each senatorial district, which critics believe was as a result of the zoning, which was disregarded prior to the primaries.

READ ALSO: Hardship: Tinubu is overwhelmed, lacks capacity to lead Nigeria -PDP

Meanwhile, Andersen said: “The outrage in Edo State now has propensity to put the state on fire.

“Niger Delta region is blessed with material and human resources, but the people are suffering because of bad leadership.

“Bad leadership is always a result of imposition of candidates.

“We as christian leaders are worried because our people of Niger Delta are worried. What transpired last weekend in Benin City, will not help the people to trust their leaders anymore.

“Edo people have been very passionate about the zoning arrangement since 1999.

“You saw how the Bini speaking people of Edo South rallied around the aspirant from Edo Central.

“That is enough handwriting on the wall for our political leaders to do the bidding of the people rather than put the people against themselves.

“We are here in Abuja at the instance of the people of Edo State to discuss with political leaders, including President Tinubu. We want reason to prevail before it gets out of hand.

“Somebody should be able to talk to our son, Oshiomhole, to remember how God has favoured him in his political journey. God is favouring him so that he can help lead his people to happiness.

“God did not give him such a measure of power for the wrong reason. Enough is enough for the wise,” Andersen added.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *