Concerned about possible volatile situation in Edo State in the run up to September 10, 2016 gubernatorial election, a prominent son of the state, Alhaji Musa Shehu Isiwele, has urged vigilance on the part of security agencies, especially the Nigeria police, so as to forestall a repeat of the mayhem and bloodletting that characterised last year’s governorship election in Rivers State.
He gave the charge in Abuja as political gladiators perfect strategy for the poll that has raised concerns in several quarters.
Alhaji Musa Isiwele, a retired senior police officer, said that he foresees a highly contested gubernatorial poll in Edo, especially between the ruling All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, but cautioned that the election in Edo State should not be a do-or-die affair.
Isiwele, who is the Executive President of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), however, urged the people of Edo to vote for candidate of their choice regardless of intimidations and threats from any quarter.
I am advising my people, voters and contestants alike, the election in Edo State is not supposed to be a do or die affair. We want the election to be free and fair, and people should vote for candidate of their choice. I’m also advising the security agencies, let there be tight security on that day. Let there be enough security men on the ground.
“Now everybody is anxious, everybody is ready, waiting. Let the police ensure that security is tight so that people can vote candidates of their choice. I have listened to the campaign of both sides, that is why I am giving the advice. It is not supposed to be a do or die affair. In an election, there’s no loser as far as I’m concerned. If you fail people will come to know you and next time when you come out they will vote for you. After all, our president failed three times before winning”, he pointed out.
On why he is not coming out to endorse any of the two leading governorship candidates, APC’s Obaseki or Ize-Iyamu of the PDP, given the prominent role he played in the 2015 election where he sponsored three candidates to electoral success, Alhaji Isiwele declared that he has quit partisan politics because of the untrustworthiness of politicians.
According to him, politicians are like a broken down vehicle whose owner is asking people to assist him to push so that the engine can start.
“The moment you push the vehicle and it starts, the much they will do is raise their hand and wave you bye”, he said.
Recalling his involvement in the 2015 election, Alhaji Musa Isiwele disclosed that he personally sponsored three candidates to the House of Assembly, House of Representatives and Senate to success.
He regrets that those beneficiaries today cannot even call him on phone.