ESAN Descendants Assembly (EDA)Congratulates Senator MONDAY OKPEBHOLO, BARR. ASUE IGHODALO.

ESAN Descendants Assembly (EDA)Congratulates Senator MONDAY OKPEBHOLO, BARR. ASUE IGHODALO.


…..Salutes Edo People for Standing with Equity and Justice

The Esan Descendants Assembly (EDA) on behalf of Esan Nation congratulates Dr. Asue Ighodalo, Senator Monday Okpebholo, on their victory at their primary polls, leadership of PDP, APC and all critical stakeholders in Edo state.

The press statement jointly signed by Prof. Oyaziwo Aluede – Chairman, Ayo Bernitie – Secretary and ESV Tony Okonigene – Dir. of information, Media and Publicity, reads in part: “On behalf of the Esan Nation, the Esan Descendants Assembly (EDA) wishes to congratulate Sen. Monday Okpebholo and Barr. Asue Ighodalo, the two candidates elected to fly the flags of the two biggest political parties in Nigeria, The All Progressive Congress (APC) and The Peoples’ Democratic Party(PDP) respectively.

“We note that given the high competition leading to the primaries of the political parties, this is not just a victory for the entire Edo State but a victory for democracy. It has made us, the Esan Nation, to be more confident that we have a state, where justice, equity and fairness will always prevail no matter the odds against such an egalitarianism. We are filled with joy that with the two political parties nominating Esan candidates, the hope of a land full of equal opportunities for all is now being realized.

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“We wish to appreciate all those who made this victory possible in our life time, especially our brothers and sisters who are not of Esan extraction but who were not be-clouded with the ill-fated law of ‘negation and negation’, as we in Esan have never bought into the principle of allowing the stronger ones to swallow the weaker ones and get rid of them.

“In weeks to come, we as a formidable socio-cultural organization, will be
embarking on a “thank you” and reconciliation tours to all critical stakeholders in Edo State to further support any of these two candidates during the electioneering processes and in the election fixed for September 21, 2024.”

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“Kindly allow us to mention some of the protagonists of the success. From the side of PDP, we thank the Governor of Edo State, HE. Godwin Obaseki, Chief Mike Ogiadomhe, Senator Yisa Braimah, Senator Roland Owie, Senator Francis Alemekhina, Elder Dickson Imasogie to mention but a few. From the side of APC, we say thank you to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Mr. Lucky Imasuen, Mr. Jarret Tenebe, Mr. Lawrence Okah, and others. The roles you all played in ensuring that Edo is one, will not go unrewarded and will not be forgotten in the history of our dear state.

We appeal to all stakeholders, especially all the other contestants to sheathe their swords and be part of this historic movement of uniting the Edo people.”

“We however note with disappointment, the decision of The Labour Party (that prides itself as
champion of Equity and Justice), to cede its ticket to Edo South, a region that currently has the incumbent governor. This is to say the least most unfair. We believe that the electorates will correct this injustice through their votes in the polls.

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“We cannot conclude this press release without saying a big thank you to our Father, HRM, Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin. It is unequivocal that you are the father of all and a firm advocate of the elimination of any regional inequality or inequity. Your fervent prayers for Edo State will forever be a supplication for the unity of our dear state.

“Once again, we congratulate the two candidates of Esan extraction and thank all those who were instrumental to this enduring legacy.

“God bless Edo State”
Prof. Oyaziwo Aluede – Chairman
Ayo Bernitie–Secretary
Esv Tony Okonigene Dir. of Information, Media & Publicity.

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