Oshiomhole breaks silence, says he’s not down


Former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, has spoken for the first time since his party was defeated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the governorship election held in Edo State on September 19.

In the election, the flag bearer of the PDP scored 307, 955 votes and won with a margin of 84, 336.

His main challenger, Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC scored 223, 619 votes.

In a 99-seconds video clip recorded in his private gymnasium in Iyamo, Edo State, Oshiomhole who waxed philosophical said life is not always about winning adding that people would be thinking that he was down “but I am not down.”

“You work hard and leave God for the outcome. You do your best and trust God to bless your effort.

“I feel good, thank God. I feel healthy, thank God. I feel strong. Thank God. In life, you win some, you lose some, but life goes on.

“A lot of people will be thinking now ‘Oh, Comrade is down’. But I am not down. When God says you are not down, you are not down and I am not down.

“I thank Edo people for all they did. Young ladies carried babies on their back; elderly women struggling to see my small face.

“And on election day, I was moved to tears when I saw women of 70, 75 sitting down because the card reader is not working; and they are not frustrated.

“It inspired me that if at their age you don’t give up, why should I give up? I ask our people to have faith in our country.

“I have only one passport. I am not about to apply for another. This is our country, we must make it great.

“We must strengthen democracy, we must improve on it no matter the outcome of an election or a particular edition of a process. Have faith in God and have faith in our country,” he said.


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