By Emman Ovuakporie
The stage is finally set for the mother of all political battles as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC prepare to deliver candidates of their parties come September 19 Edo guber polls.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports that both leading parties in Nigeria are leaving nothing to chance as they roll out their amoured cars and amoury to emerge victorious in the Edo guber polls.
The APC had on Thursday announced the Governor of Kano, the all powerful Abdullahi Ganduje to lead the onslaught against the PDP.
The governor of Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma is his deputy.
The PDP sensing that it’s not going to be just another guber election announced the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike a political bulldozer in the south south geo-political zone to match Ganduje.
The APC election campaign council is loaded with both serving and former governors that are not pushovers.
Leading the pack of former governors is the immediate past chairman of the APC and former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, former governor of Bayelsa, now minister of state, Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Senator Oserheimen Osunbor, former governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan and other political heavy weights, serving lawmakers and former lawmakers in Edo State.
Leading the attack of the PDP is Wike who is reputed to be a good wrestler, supported by the Governor of Adamawa, Ahmadu Fintiri who is a strong political mobiliser in the north east geo-political zone of the country.
The battle stage is set and the outcome of this battle will go a long way to shape the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
While the APC has carried out reconciliatory moves to douse the fire that almost consumed the party, courtesy of the face-off between governor Godwin Obaseki and his former godfather Oshiomhole, the party seems set to put all that behind it.
The major focus of APC now is how to reclaim the state and send a signal to political detractors that 2023 is already wrapped up.
The PDP too is not resting on its oars as it’s equally going to use Edo as a testing ground to assess 2023.
The party has vowed that never in history again will the PDP flag leave the Denis Osadebey Government House in Benin City.
In the guber race are two front liners, Godwin Obaseki and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who had met in 2016 on the battle ground and Obaseki triumphed.
The permutations as to who will occupy Edo government house by November 11th still remains sketchy as in politics particularly in this part of the world, 24hours is enough to turn the tables.