Edo 2020: Parting ways with the authoritarian Benin regime

Iyoha John Darlington
Iyoha John Darlington

Breath-taking it is in our political history that a sitting governor would resort to the use of instruments of repression and coercion against his one-time  benefactors for power retention via setting a stage for chaos and anarchy.

Political pundits – masters of the game – across the state and beyond –  I have it on good authority, have debated this issue and cautioned  the governor against sponsoring political vengeance against every perceived opponent which is seemingly falling on deaf ears.

Yesterday, the social media an information harvest platform was awash with an SOS video clip denoucing the authoritarian Benin regime.


Going down the memory lane this is the kind of political vengeance that led the colonists to break free from Britain in 1776.

What was denounced in the New World at the period under sad review is again rearing its ugly head on the ascending order of magnitude in our part of the globe – a state that breeds great intellects.

I watched that clip in utter disgust and open-mouthed bewilderment as law enforcement is being used for political purpose and personal aggrandizement.

For starters, is Edo State better off today? I would say NO in block letters if you ask me as the oldest state in the Federation of Nigeria is becoming a theatre of war with a confederacy of criminal gangs, overlords and fraternities as belligerents.

The integrity of our democracy is at its lowest ebb as violence like a storm emitting strikes of lighting  takes the centre stage in Edo politics.

The resort to violence and retaliation outside the confines of the law is is not only shocking but heart-breaking.

The last election that gave him the keys to the Government House was falsely presented as the supreme will of the people like a marriage  was annulled and ultimately bastardized.

Today, we writhe in agony  foisted on us by a tribe of leprechauns who sit over our common patrimony but you can rest assured  there will be the devil to pay if not now certainly later for no injustice to any man ever goes unpunished.

It is high time we regained the control of our future by joining forces and identifying with the true progressives which we represent.

The incoming PPN administration in our state under our dynamic leadership  will be communitarian rather than individualistic to enhance the quality of lives of our people in stead of spending our precious time on unnecessary power play.

There is no denying the fact that Edo State today is polarized into two competing ideological positions but our incursion on Edo political space shall, in all honesty, right all wrongs  by addressing  the issues that make us differ.

We have no reason to fail you and if ever we do which we honestly do not anticipate the solemn pledge of my boss and superior, Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha, during his acceptance speech in Abuja shall bear down on us by “surrendering ourselves for prosecution”.

Iyoha John Darlington
Edo State Governorship candidate
Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN)

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