The people of Ikpoba-Okha on Friday gave the outgoing Governor Obaseki a symbolic Red card for his poor performance indicating that they will not vote for his re-election as Edo state Governor in September.
Red cards is one of the severe penalty cards used in the fabric of football, to send a player out of the field of play. It can also result in a ban of the player from subsequent matches. But politics is not football. A red card in politics can end the political career.
Mr Osarobo Idahosa, leader of the APC in the area had asked the eager crowd of party supporters whether they came with their PVC which they all displayed theirs.
He then asked for their Red Card for the outgoing governor and the crowd of women, youths and men also raised up their Red cards amidst chants of "Bye bye to Yeye Governor".
When the APC candidate, Pastor Ize-Iyamu took the mic to address the crowd, at the Dumez Road location of the rally, he commended them for their enthusiasm and urged them to use the PVCs they displayed to vote out PDP on election day.
He introduced his running mate, Mallam Gani Audu as a disciplined and thoroughbred politician who has respect for elders and leaders and is ready to join him to bring the desired change to the state.
He also reminded them of the reasons why Governor Obaseki should be voted out saying he is a wicked governor who does not have Edo’s interest at heart as he narrated how the governor removed a prominent ikpoba-Okha son, Chief Victor Ekhator from the State Oil and Gas Producing Commission and protested the nomination of a former deputy governor, Dr Pius Odubu as Chairman of the NDDC.
He said, "Ikpoba-Okha as an oil producing community. One of the reasons Edo is an oil producing state is because of Ikpoba-Okha. The local government is one reason why Edo state gets so much money from the Federation Account".
Pastor Ize-Iyamu said that unlike the PDP candidate who has no manifesto he has one called SIMPLE Agenda describing it as his covenant with Edo people which he plans to implement when he takes office as Governor.
According to the APC candidate, Edo will be great again but not with Obaseki as Governor adding that, "by the grace of God", the local government will experience the change it deserves once the people vote APC in the September 19, 2020 election.