Political tension in Edo North Senatorial District has taken another turn as core loyalists to former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, commenced regrouping and vowed to stop the third term bid of Senator Francis Alimikhena.
They therefore vowed to sustain the pressure on the former governor to throw his hat into the ring and contest for the Edo North Senatorial District.
The group, which met under the platform of the South South Movement Edo North Chapter, told newsmen that the incumbent senator representing the Edo North Senatorial District have not met the aspirations of the people to deserve another shot at the senate.
Led by the former Executive Director, Ministry of Lands and Survey and Deputy Director of the group, Alhaji Mustapher Buddy, APC chieftain, Mr Vitalis Eshokene, Hon. Ojisua Akojima David and Hon. Felix Ughiovhe said most of the projects executed by Alimikhena are merely ‘ceremonial’ in nature
and non functional.
Eshokene, who spoke on behalf of the group said, “in my Etsako East Ward 9 and 10, the boreholes are ‘ceremonial’ because they cease to function after inauguration. He has boasted that the few individuals he has empowered will take him to the senate for the third term.
“We don’t have problem with him giving Greek gifts to few individuals in the name of empowerment. What we are saying is that he has failed to meet the collective interest of our people.
“He (Alimikhena) was a principal member of the Senate in his first term and there was no significant project he attracted to the area with this position. Look at what Professor Julius Ihonvbvere is doing in Owan Federal Constituency with laudable people’s orientated projects.
“We are saying this because we hear he is telling people that he will be a principal member if he should be given another opportunity. For us, he has had his chances and failed to use it for the betterment of the district.
“To change this narrative is why we are routing and already mobilising for Oshiomhole to come replicate what he did as the governor of Edo State in the area.
“People may want to say it is not the same thing being a governor and a senator, but past experiences have shown that Oshiomhole sees the people as the center point of his policies.
“We are not just talking, we are already working the talk by mobilising fund both for the campaign and buying of the form for the former governor who has done a lot for not just people of Edo North Senatorial District, but the entire State.
“We no longer want a sleeping senator, we want a working senator.”