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Edo 2020: “I’m Not Down, I’ll Not Give Up” – Oshiomhole Breaks Silence

Immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Wednesday, says he’s not down and will not give up on Nigeria’s democracy.

He was reacting to the APC’s loss in last Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.

Edo State Governor and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Godwin Obaseki, had defeated Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC in the election.

Oshiomhole campaigned vigorously for Ize-Iyamu after falling out with Obaseki whom he supported in 2016.

In his first interview since the election, the former governor of Edo State narrated how he was moved to tears when he saw aged and nursing mothers who defied hitches in the process to cast their ballot.

Speaking to GEE Africa TV on Wednesday, he said the determination of the elderly ones inspired him to never give up on the nation’s democracy.

“If septuagenarians were not frustrated because their card readers are not working, it inspired me that if at their age they don’t give up, why should I give up?

“And I ask our people to have faith in our country because we are not going to have another one. This is our country and 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,” the former APC chairman said.

On the outcome of the election, Oshiomhole said contrary to the thinking that he would be down, he remains strong.

He noted that losing is also part of life, adding that life is about winning some and losing some.

“In life, you work hard and leave the outcome to God. You do your best and trust God to bless your efforts. I feel good, I feel strong, thank God. In life, you win some and you lose some but life goes on,” the former governor said.

“A lot of people will be thinking now that Comrade must be down, but I am not down. When God says you are not down, you are not down and I am not down.”

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