As the Edo State governorship election draws near, Ambassador Cedrack Okpebholo, the national Co-ordinator, United Political Parties for Good Governance, UPPG, is urging Esan indigenes across the world to unite in support of Esan 2020 Governorship Agenda.
Speaking on May 12, the National Convener, Esan For Governor 2020, gave the appeal on the rationale that for the umpteenth time, candidate from Esan should be adequately oxygenated with all the required supports to achieve the noble objective of re inventing the Esan developmental wheels from where late Ambrose Alli stopped.
He particularly decried the wholesale marginalization of Esan since the rebirth of democratic governance in 1999 saying that “Except there is a potent third force with solid emotional and material supports, Esan as a tribe will be politically and economically undermined and continue to live by the dictate and in the shadow of the other ethnic groups that make up Edo State. This must not be allowed to continue. It has to stop on September 19. I therefore call on all Esans, home and abroad to deploy political supports for an Esan man to be sworn in as Edo governor on November 12,” he said.
Okpebholo emphasized the importance of drumming supports and solidarity to this cause, saying the supports should be intentional and deliberate through an understanding that until Esan, as a people, unequivocally pull weight behind their own to win, essential democratic gains would continuously be rotated between other senatorial districts.
“Don’t be deceived by the lies and deceits from APC and PDP that they would handover to Esan after certain tenure. If they were sincere, why did they steal Esan slot in 2016? They knew it was Esan slot. Yet, they went ahead and denied us, promising falsehood. A leopard doesn’t change its spot.”
Amb Okpebholo who is also national chairman, Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria, GNDP, disclosed that he is particularly encouraged by other associations and groups nationwide who have keyed into the Esan agenda saying “More political parties are showing interest in teaming up for the Esan governorship and discussions are underway on the harmonization and consolidation of resources to ensure that a united front is presented during the polls, and hopefully coast to victory. Everything is almost set to unveil the political party that will be supported,” he stated.