A former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie-Oyegun broke his silence on the just-concluded September 19th governorship election in Edo State saying his party lost because of impunity reigning in political parties in Nigeria and the imposition of candidates.
Speaking to journalists in his Benin City residence on the outcome of the election and other national issues, Odigie-Oyegun also said he did not campaign for the party because his conscience was against the way the party was being run without following due processes.
He, however, commended the roles played by the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, the National Peace Committee (NPC) headed by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) and some Western countries that threatened sanctions against riggers.
He said; “The greatest problem we have in this country has been lack of due process, impunity, lack of respect for our own constitution whether the various parties or outside that. “To my mind, we have regressed as far as party politics is concerned because we have departed from due process, allowing free and fair selection processes within parties and if parties don’t practice democracy, I don’t see how they can preach democracy to the people of this nation.
“Fortunately, Edo state is the heartbeat of the Nigerian nation so this election has proved one more time that we are truly the heartbeat of the Nigerian nation and we hope it is something that will be copied for future elections in this nation.
“You will find that when that happens court cases will be much less because there will be much fewer grounds for such.
“What happened is democracy within the parties and impunity within the parties, attempts at imposition within the parties; these are the issues, just let things flow. I was a former national chairman and in most cases, we didn’t have court cases after any election because things were done to the letter.