Osunbor challenges political opponents to a racing contest, seeks to positively impact the lives of Edo people

A Defiant Return to Politics

Former Edo State Governor, Oserheimen Osunbor, aged 72, has unapologetically thrown down the gauntlet to his critics and political adversaries, daring them to engage in a racing contest as he officially enters the gubernatorial race.

This bold move occurred during his visit to the All Progressives Congress (APC) secretariat in Abuja, where he acquired the N50 million Expression of Interest and Nomination form.

Age as no Barrier: A Challenge to Skeptics

During a subsequent press conference, Osunbor reiterated his stance that age should not impede his aspirations to return to the State House, a staggering 16 years after his previous tenure.

Emphasizing that good governance should take precedence over age considerations, he confidently asserted, “It is about how healthy you are.”

In a direct challenge to his critics, he called for a racing contest as a testament to his vitality and readiness for the demanding role.

Evolving Parameters of Age and Governance

Osunbor highlighted the evolving perspectives on age, drawing attention to shifting paradigms in health and governance.

He noted the changing narratives around dietary advice and the definition of old age, illustrating the dynamic nature of these parameters.

Undeterred by conventional expectations, Osunbor made it clear that he views his age as an asset rather than a liability in contributing to the welfare of Edo State.

No Unfinished Business: A Candid Declaration

Addressing speculation about any “unfinished business” from his previous term, Osunbor categorically denied such claims, asserting, “I didn’t forget anything there, and I have no such thing as unfinished business.”

Instead, he expressed his intention to reenter Edo Government House with a singular focus on positively impacting the lives of the state’s residents, leaving no room for doubt about his motivations.

Historical Context: The Past and the Court’s Verdict

The backdrop of Osunbor’s political journey includes his removal as Edo State governor, a decision confirmed by the Appeal Court in 2008.

The court ruled that his election was unlawful, citing allegations of vote-rigging, ballot-stuffing, and intimidation during the April 2007 election.

Consequently, Adams Oshiomhole of the Action Congress was declared the rightful winner and duly elected governor of the state, marking a significant turning point in Edo’s political landscape.

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