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By Bukola Olasanmi
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on Saturday berated the Peoples Democratic Party for boycotting the Edo State local government election.
The PDP had vowed not to participate in the election, claiming that it did not have confidence in the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission and urged voters to used shun the exercise.
It had also challenged the alleged unlawful amendment of the notice of election from 90 to 45 days by the House of Assembly before a state High Court.
But Odigie-Oyegun, who spoke to journalists shortly after casting his vote in Ward 2, Unit 2, Oredo Local Government Area of the state, described the opposition party’s withdrawal as “silly”.
He stated that the PDP had only done itself more harm as the election would have provided an opportunity for the opposition party to mobilise its supporters.
The national chairman’s spokesman said, “It is silly because however much you rate your chances as low, it is still an opportunity to mobilise and energise your followers. The injury is to the boycotting party.
“From our history in this country, that has always been the case; you do not boycott elections. If you do so, you are paying a heavy price for it and we wish it luck. But I pray that they will boycott the others also.”
Odigie-Oyegun blamed the low turnout of voters on the nature of the election, which he said was less emotive.