Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Saturday, faulted a call for postponement of next month’s general election. National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, a retired colonel, suggested the deferment, citing INEC’s slow distribution of permanent voter cards to electorate. Oshiomhole said the suggestion is a “subterranean plot by the PDP”.
“They (PDP) have seen it and are now calling for the postponement of the February 14th elections. You cannot postpone the evil day … When God has decreed, no man can do otherwise, when your time is up you can’t postpone it,” he told his host, the Otaru of Igarra.
The governor during his visit to the monarch presented elective candidates of the All Progressive Congress for the Federal and State Legislatives Chambers.
Oshiomhole cited the country’s present distress, which he said is “we believe we need General Muhammadu Buhari to take over and secure our country so we can live our life.”
“When General Buhari was in power, the war against indiscipline was felt everywhere. Nigerians have to make a very bold decision; we must make Nigeria work. When General Buhari was a Commanding Officer in the Military and some extremists rose up around Kano, he led a squad and pursued them as far as Chad.
“What we need now is a leader with courage. The courage to stand for Nigeria and that is why after trying PDP for 16 years,” the governor stated.
Oshiomhole explained that Buhari is one who “will confront issues of security squarely, not to lament. Leaders don’t lament. You don’t change your wife’s condition by joining her to cry; wife is crying, husband is crying, children are crying, who then will fix the issues?”
The governor also knocked the PDP for its poor handling of the chronic insurgency in the northeast.
He said: “We now have Nigerians who are refugees in their own land. So even to secure the territorial integrity of Nigeria, PDP has shown gross incompetence and today insurgents are controlling a number of our Local Governments. So the issues this year is about our survival.
“I think the President needs to agree that he failed Nigeria and we cannot give him our key anymore. He needs to go back home so we can try another driver. We don’t want him to crash the vehicle because I am a passenger in that vehicle and you are also passengers in that vehicle. Better to remove one driver so that the passengers can remain on the road.”
Oshiomhole lamented how diminished the country’s status has become within the international community, and incompetence of the PDP-led central government.
He assured his host of more development projects in the community, while urging the people to ensure they collect their PVC.