35 Political Parties Supports Obaseki Because Of N5million Each. Edo State Media Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has come out to say some things about political parties.
You can recall that 35 political parties in Edo state has come to endorse Governor Obaseki as the next governor. The council, through its Chairman, Prince John Mayaki, alleged at the weekend that the parties opted to sell their platforms. They have done irrevocable damage to their potential for growth in the state. This is because they agreed “to offer their support to a widely-rejected Obaseki.”
The 35 mushroom parties in Benin at the news conference endorsed Obaseki as their sole governorship candidate. This is “in view of his acclaimed impressive performance and to consolidate on his excellent performance”. Mayaki said the action was shameful, embarrassing and shocking.
The council alleged:
“A motley of some fringe parties gathered in Benin City and held a news conference. This was to announce their endorsement of the outgoing Governor Obaseki.
“The parties, which ordinarily ought to present themselves to the people of Edo State as viable alternatives. To build the followership required for future relevance. They decided to instead cash in on the greed of their leaders and offer their platforms in exchange. For an initial down payment of N5million each and an additional promise of N65million. This is to support a governor widely rejected in his state for his non-performance.
“With the act of betrayal and greed, it is safe to say that the 35 parties have successfully and irrevocably done damage to their integrity. They have placed a final barrier to any potential for growth and relevance in Edo State.
“It is shameful and unfortunate, how these persons negotiate with platforms that should contest with the major parties and force through policy changes, if at all they cannot, by themselves, form the government in the interim.
“They make no attempt to increase their followership, present logical ideas to the people or even make the most basic preparations for elections, whether statewide or grassroots. Rather, their entire existence is to negotiate and declare support for the highest bidder.
“Luckily for them, they have found a good client in the desperate and rejected Obaseki. The governorship candidate of the APC in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is not in the business of paying for support. This is why he has focused on selling his manifesto to the people of the state through issue-based campaigns, devoid of name-calling and propaganda.
The support he enjoys now from the millions of people in Edo, advocacy groups, parties and others that will endorse him in future is organic and based solely on their conviction.”
The campaign council asked Obaseki to enjoy the few headlines and news mentions that the procured endorsements would fetch him. They told him never to lose sight of the fact that in the final analysis, the mushroom parties were irrelevant.