Edo guber: PDP hosts national campaign council meeting in Abuja

Despite court ruling, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Saturday hosted the Edo State National Campaign Council meeting at its national headquarters in Abuja.

At the meeting, various committees saddled with different responsibilities ahead of the election were also unveiled.

A Federal High Court had some 72 hours ago nullified the primary election that produced PDP candidate, Asue Ighodalo, as the party’s flagbearer in the coming election.

But speaking at the meeting, the gubernatorial candidate, Ighodalo described recent development as mere distractions, saying it was signs that it is going to be a difficult election.

“I know it’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be very difficult. But sometimes distractions are more difficult to deal with than issues.

“But I know that we have leaders here who are more than capable to set the ball rolling and to lift us higher than some others.

“Every man and woman in this room has the full commitment to do the necessary work to take us through this hurdle.

“They are all extremely successful people in their own right. They will not commit themselves to this task if they are not fully committed to everything to assure our victory.

“We ‘ll give this everything we have. We’ll give it our 150% commitment to ensure that we make this, our great party, extremely proud to have presented us as their candidates,” he said.

Also speaking, Adamawa state governor Umar Fintiri, who described the election as tasking, noted that it demands a lot of commitment and seriousness.

While extolling Ighodalo’s virtues, Fintiri, who is also the chairman of campaign council said the candidate has a lot of credibility and deliverable.

“We can make him win if we are serious. The governor has worked, he is visibly on ground in Edo. His track record and pedigree also is enough for us to harvest and use positively to win the election for Edo PDP in this election.

“Like I said, this is not an easy assignment. It requires a lot of sacrifice and commitment on our part. And for us to have accepted this appointment, I know also that we have really agreed to do what is required of us to win the election. We are all politicians. The only thing we understand in politics is to win elections. That is why there is no second position in any election.

“You either win or you are lost. In this outing, we are out to win.

“And yes, there is a little setback, temporarily. God will see us through it.

“I mean, three days ago’s court judgment, anybody who peruse and look through the entire process, you know that is a child’s play. This is what will not stand in the court of law, particularly that we will be approaching the court of appeal. And that shouldn’t deter us. We will put more commitment, more work than we have not intended to do earlier so that we will put our detractors into shame,” he said.

Forner governor of the state, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, hailed Fintiri for his doggedness, saying, “If it is hard work that translates to victory, we have already won.”

On Ighodalo, he said ” We have 192 wars in those things and he has been to all of them. So if is reaching out to the people, he has reached out to them.

“If he is talking like the man with Sabi, he Sabi very well.

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