A group known as the Coalition of Militant Generals, otherwise called Creek Generals. Have come out to debunk a viral publication in the internet. Claiming that the SSA to the Governor of Delta State on Security Matters, Hon. Daniel Ezekiel. With the aid of the Delta State Government, indulged in what is described as votes buying, during the Edo State Gubernatorial Elections.
The group made their position regarding the said publication known after a meeting held at Ofunama Community in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State. Where the Militant Generals resolved to debunk the publication made against the SSA, by stating that the publication was baseless, lacks credibility and was politically motivated.
The group after their meeting, made available to newsmen the resolutions.
The earlier publication made against the SSA indicates that, He Hon. Daniel Ezekiel received money from his Boss, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa. To be spent on electorates, with the aim of buying over their support in favor of the PDP candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The Niger Delta Militant Generals claimed that the publication against the SSA was fabricated with the intention of daunting the image of the illustrious Son of Ijaw nation, Hon. Daniel Ezekiel. Therefore, noted that they will not seat back and watch while some miscreants try to destroy the reputation and national image of the SSA.
General Pere Torupofa who spoke to newsmen on behalf of the group, also hinted that, it is a well accepted norm that, money has to be considered as an integral factor in every election all around the world. Which was the case with the SSA during the said election. Therefore, called on the general public to disregard the viral publication. And as well cautioned those behind it to desist from such act. As any other attempt to drag the name of the Ijaw Son in the mud will attract the wrath of the group.
In their Words:
“When lie is allowed to go unchallenged it becomes truth before public. Hence it is important that such a lie is been corrected. Which is why we the Coalition of Militant Generals drawn across three local government areas of Edo state. Deemed it expedient to reply to a misleading online publication that Hon. Daniel Ezekiel engaged in votes buying.
It is a universal knowledge that there can not be an election without money, because how will candidates carry out campaign, printing of posters, advertisement on radio and television. What about mobilization of party faithfuls to various rallies that cut across the 18 local government areas of Edo state.
In United States of America, whom the whole world sees as doyen of democracy, money is equally part and parcel of their election. Do we then call this votes buying too? The answer is no.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa being the Chairman of the People Democratic Party (PDP) South South Governors forum. Rallied his colleagues in the region to support one of their own, Governor Godwin Obaseki in various form. Just as all APC Governors led by Kano State Governor Abdulahi Ganduje, mobilized fund for defeated pastor Ize Iyamu.
Based on the trust and confidence Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has in his aide, Hon. Daniel Ezekiel. He mobilized him with fund for people of riverine areas to move from creek to creek to sell his party candidate to the electorates, on why they should vote for Governor Godwin Obaseki.
We all know that Ijaw parts of the state is a difficult terrain, which require speed boats to navigate. And to hire a single speed boat to convey party faithfuls from Benin city, Warri ,Sapele, Yenagoa and Portharcourt to places like Gelegele, Safarogbo, Inikorogha, Ofunama, Okomu and others in Edo state, cost nothing less than 400,000naira.
So how does this amount to vote buying?
Is only a foolish farmer that blame his unproductive harvest season on his farm tool.
APC candidate, pastor Ize Iyamu lost woefully in his unit, ward and in the whole southern zone where he hailed from. If we may ask, is Hon. Daniel Ezekiel still responsible for this abysmal and monumental failure?
The truth of the matter is that Pastor Izeyamu lost the election before the D-DAY, because his political god father, comrade Adams Oshihomole destroyed his image and reputation way back in 2016.
It is so unfortunate that Honorable Blessing Perewari and her younger brother, Destiny Perewari from Ajakurama community, Ovia South. Betrayed the trust Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s aide had in them. By releasing fund to them to mobilize party faithfuls down to their voting unit in Itagbene. But Instead of using the money for what it was meant for, they diverted it into their private pockets. Thereby putting additional cost and responsibility on Hon. Daniel Ezekiel, to mobilize party members to go home and vote for PDP.
The opposition in Edo State should blame their failure on Adams Oshihomole, who talks before thinking. Instead of engaging in shadow chasing of Hon. Daniel Ezekiel, whose records for kindness, justice and transparency is second to none.
“To you Blessing Perewari and Destiny Perewari, we stand by what Hon. Daniel Ezekiel said in his official letters to various party leaders in the state, Governor Godwin Obaseki inclusive. That he wants his money back, because his Boss would not have release fund to him if he is found wanting in character or show any sign of dishonesty”.
General Pere Torupofa, on behalf of Creeks Generals.